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Big Brother IS Watching: Part ll, Tony McEwing's Take

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So now we know. The federal government is all up in our business--who we're calling, when and where from, what we're surfing on the Web, maybe even what we're buying with our credit cards. But apparently that's not all. The news reporter who broke this story says there will be many more articles in the coming weeks detailing how the government's tentacles are infiltrating various facets of our private lives. And the resulting uproar is not contained to the United States. Now some leaders in Europe are demanding to know what the U-S government is up to and just how invasive and widespread its snooping may be.

The whole super secret surveillance scandal has not only raised many important questions about what the government should or should not be doing in its purported quest to protect its citizens from terrorist attacks, but what consequences those who blow the government's cover should face, if any? By now you know the person who leaked the classified information to the press is 29 year old Edward Snowden who was an independent contractor for the CIA. Privacy advocates are calling him a patriot while others, including many in congress, are calling him a traitor who should be hunted down and prosecuted. Let's be absolutely clear here. Snowden broke the law. When he signed on with the CIA, he also took an oath never to release classified information. He says he feels, in this case, the American people have a right to know what their government is up to. Snowden could be tried under the Espionage Act and get ten years or more behind bars. But some in Congress are even advocating that he be tried for treason which has much more dire consequences.

What do you think? Is Snowden a hero or guilty of heinous crimes against his own country? Should he be put on a pedestal or locked away in prison or worse? I'd love to hear your take.

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