martinibuster - 2:27 pm on Jun 24, 2013 (gmt 0)
I agree with Woz 100% regarding the erosion of privacy and freedom. I have been on the same side of that argument since the Bush years.
I disagree with the choice of treating this kid as a hero. He is not a hero.
It's easy to pull a trigger, so to speak. Impulsive fools do it all the time. It's harder to work in the manner of real heroes like Ghandi and Martin Luther King to make actual change.
Trigger pullers like Snowden act without thinking through the consequences. For whatever reason, this kind of behavior is more common to young men his age than men or women of other ages. They act rashly and in black and white terms in a world with bountiful shades of color. The ranks of the jihadists, racist organizations, religious zealots, and even mass shooters are full of his kind. He is no hero. He doesn't even have the guts to face the consequences of his actions. He's a Travis Bickle type. [en.wikipedia.org]