[...] a smart young man, driven by patriotism, enlists with the Army, yet his self-control breaks when he gets deployed and sees our relations with the world out there being so different from what we espouse at home?Now, Edward Snowden, another young American man driven by patriotism, has done it again. To outsiders, this may be another symptom of the two-dimensional American hero that overfills American cultural productions: self-appointed at defending some Constitutional article or even the planet from the dark force. On second analysis, Snowden is no dummy. Just consider the choice of Hong Kong, a place outside western reach where China rules, even more so than N. Korea. Also the timing of his coming out is interesting as the US and PRC presidents are meeting in California to build rapport and tackle the cyber-security threats, among other topics. If he's got as much data in his hands as he alludes to in the following interview, the US will have to cut a deal, or else this guy will go to the highest bidder.
As Americans, young and old, progressive and libertarian, have been disappointed by Obama, the changer in chief, one should expect that this episode is only another data-point in a tug of war pitting a government clueless at the challenges it faces and people who take each and every constitutional article seriously.
From the interview with Snowden, included below, we get once again the idea that the US Government records everything, which has most probably become current procedure in every country with the means at its disposal. Then, the larger question for all of us becomes: To what end? Is it only because they can, or because a watched people tends to remain quiet for longer?
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden: 'I don't want to live in a society that does these sort of things'
Edward Snowden was interviewed over several days in Hong Kong by Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill.