Do we live in a free country?
One thing for certain, freedom ain’t free.
And Edward Snowden definitely risked his life to protect this freedom.
If you aren’t aware, Snowden was an NSA contractor who happened to find bunch of secret documents about US government surveillance programs against its own people.
Those that call him a traitor say so because he put those government agents (who are “fighting terrorists” at risk).
Those that call him a hero say so because the government overstepped its boundaries, and the people have the right to know.
Here’s why online marketers need to support Snowden as a hero.
1) Your freedom for commercial activity is at risk
Remember how affiliates were bitching about the affiliate tax?
Imagine promoting a product or a service for a company whose people are labelled by the government as “potentially dangerous”.
By law of association, you are aiding & abetting a dangerous company.
But seriously, do you do background checks on all offers and who’s running them behind the scenes?
Imagine if the nice people at NSA decided that you were indeed a bad guy.
You can find yourself with a red laser target pointed at your head, just because you were “associated” with something you weren’t even aware.
I would love to put a bullet in his head.
I do not take pleasure in taking another human being’s life, having to do it in uniform, but he is single-handedly the greatest traitor in American history.
In a world where I would not be restricted from killing an American, I personally would go and kill him myself. A lot of people share this sentiment.
His name is cursed every day over here. Most everyone I talk to says he needs to be tried and hung, forget the trial and just hang him.
Remember, Snowden didn’t sell nuclear secrets to the Russians for profit. He didn’t sabotage some government secret attack plan against known terrorists.
He just shed light on a very evil big brother communist Nazi type shit that this country fought so hard against (and thousands died for).
2) In the past, heroes were often labelled as traitors.
You know that dude on the $100 bill?
Well, not only was he a founding father of this country famous for the electricity & the printing press thing.. he was also called a traitor during his days.
Why? Same as what Snowden did. Tell the world the government is up to no good:
In 1773, Benjamin Franklin leaked confidential information by releasing letters written by then Lt. Governor of Massachusetts Thomas Hutchinson and his secretary Andrew Oliver to Thomas Whatley, an assistant to the British prime minister.
The letters contained opinions on how the British government should respond to colonial unrest over the Townsend Acts and other unpopular policies. Hutchinson suggested that it was impossible for the colonists to enjoy the same rights as subjects living in England and that “an abridgement of what are called English liberties” might be necessary.
The content of the letters was damaging to the British government. Franklin was dismissed as colonial Postmaster General and endured an hour-long censure from British Solicitor General Alexander Wedderburn.
Like Snowden, Franklin was called a traitor for informing the people about the actions of its government. As Franklin’s biographer H.W. Brands writes;
“For an hour he hurled invective at Franklin, branding him a liar, a thief, the instigator of the insurrection in Massachusetts, an outcast from the company of all honest men, an ingrate whose attack on Hutchinson betrayed nothing less than a desire to seize the governor’s office for himself. So slanderous was Wedderburn’s diatribe that no London paper would print it.”
Tyrants slandering patriots is nothing new. History decided that Franklin was a patriot. It was not so kind to the Hutchinsons and Wedderburns.
History will decide who the patriots were in the 21st century as well.
You know who else was called a traitor?
George Washington. (By the british)
Yeah different context, but you get the point.
3) Government oppression sucks
Here’s a personal example.
When I was growing up in Korea, there was a lot of unrest.
Korea was still a deveoping country with lots of socioeconomic problems.
One of the biggest? Corrupt government.
Korean college students would congregate to show solidarity and to protest against government doing nasty shit to its own people.
The way the police would fight back is by using tear gas.
I remember experiencing them as a 8-9 year old and they were QUITE nasty.
During one of those protests, we got a call from the police asking us to come to a hospital.
My cousin was is in critical condition in the ER.
According to the police report (no, not police.. the police report… no official cop ever spoke to us), he was showing signs of aggression at the protest when the police decided to raid down and do their baton thing.
(It’s not him, but you get the idea.)
In fact, he was in a coma for a week, with a completely shattered jaw and fractured arm, leg, AND ribs.
He had to “eat” (i.e. drink protein shake) through a straw in between the crack in his bite.
To this day, no official explanation.. no apology.. no nada.. of how this peaceful, passive, quiet, Jesus loving, bookworm nerd who lost his virginity at almost 30 showed “intense aggression” with his huge nerd glasses and those mighty threatening backpack made him look like a Ninja Turtle during his college years.
I am all for laws and civic duties.
What I am NOT for is a government that spys and God forbid, oppresses its people.
My parents gave up their life in the motherland so that I can live free and with dreams, not with fear that my OWN government is going to betray my trust at any time they feel like it.
“Those Who Sacrifice Liberty For Security Deserve Neither.”