Domestic Terrorism Essay

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Honors English 104 April 2014There is an unavoidable issue which continues inconclusive, whether Edward Snowden is a whistleblower, or a traitor. Those who support him call him a hero, a man protecting the people. Others view him as nothing but a traitor or defector. The people agree that his actions were unjust and are considered domestic terrorism on the United States. Snowden signed a contract under NSA, which he agreed to keep their secrets but he broke the contract by leaking information to the public. This was an enormous concern to political officials because that information leaked can be used by enemies of the United States.Snowden duty was to keep the secrets of the U.S as a technical contractor at the CIA and NSA. He was obligated to do as he was told by his superiors, even if he disagreed. As a result of his disagreement he betrayed the very organizations that are keeping the citizens of the U.S.A safe. One example would be the bombing on September 16, 1920. According to Pro Quest Staff."At Issue : Domestic Terrorism." Proquest LLC. "An early example of domestic terrorism occurred on Sept. 16 1920, when 38 people were killed after a bomb exploded on Wall Street in the financial district of New York City (Proquest Staff). The documents Snowden released all have a purpose. The U.S.A has to not only look out for terrorist around the globe but the people in their own territory as well. Referring back to Serrano, Richard A."Americans Radicalized by Al Qaeda Are a Big Concern."Los Angeles Times. " We are focused on trying to figure out what our people are up-who should be spoken to, who should be followed, who should be charged"(Serrano). There is too many people and very little trustworthy citizens. For those who are loyal deserve the best national security and that is why we would monitor foreign countries and monitor the people of the U.S.A. Snowden ideal was nothing but his own selfish opinion. American are now exposed to terrorist online and internationally and this damages the national security. Since this event, the job of the United States Government to protect its citizen has been harder.Few people that worked in the same facility as Snowden felt a bad vibe given to them. According to Zachary Keck, The Diplomat, "The reason why I believed from the beginning that Snowden was a traitor was not because of the information he had been leaking but the manner in which he had done it"(Keck). Keck uses Snowden way of gathering the knowledge and releasing to confirm his suspicions he had from the very beginning. He was never accused because of lack of evidence. Him signing the contract covered his mischiefs and painted him as loyal.We do not only have Snowden who painted himself as quiet and harmless, we have Jahar as well. According to Reitman,Janet "Jahars World" Rolling Stone. "He was a charming kid with a bright future. But no one saw the pain he was hiding or the monster he would become (Reitman). Just like Snowden there's Jahar. There...

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