The main issue in the Snowden controversy is the conflicting rights of private individuals and the US government with regard to the use of telecommunications and the internet. There are ethical issues surrounding this controversy and the most applicable ethical approach for this case is “Ethics by Rights Approach”. As a background, the reason why US government had declared Edward Snowden a traitor is his involvement in the leaking of about 1.7 million confidential US documents, 15,000 Australian intelligence files and 58,000 British intelligence files from the National Security Agency (or NSA) to the public. These confidential information were acquired by the NSA through the PRISM program by collaborating with big internet companies such
After leaking of the clandestine surveillance program PRISM which is operated by the United States National Security Agency (NSA) to collect internet communication including telephone calls, e-mails and other files made by millions of American, Edward Snowden is considered as a traitor by some of American politicians. They criticize his conduct violate the law and should be prosecuted. However, most of the ordinary citizens hail Snowden as a hero to reveal the unethical actions taken by American government. A person, through his own decisions and actions, to defend one country and maybe all the countries people’s freedom, is not called a hero, then who else can be called a hero? The erosion of privacy rights has never been achieved in one
The argument against Snowden also brings up the false dilemma fallacy. Edward Snowden is either a hero who should be pardoned for his crimes or he is a traitor who should be punished. It is either one or the other. Why can he not be a hero that is prosecuted as well? A perfect example of this would be Nelson Mandela.
It is the revelation of Edward Snowden: a complaint of violation of fundamental rights of the human being, or a crime of treason against his own country? The dissemination of secret information has become common in recent times. Words like WikiLeaks1 have become popular quickly and characters such as Julian Assagne, Bradley Manning or Edward Snowden are recognized all over the world. Manning accused of leaking military and diplomatic documents has been sentenced by a military court to 35 years in prison. Edward Joseph Snowden, US technology consultant, informant, a former employee of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the National Security Agency (NSA), He is the man of the moment, the man who became world news for make public, by The
Edward Snowden: Whistleblower or Traitor Edward Snowden, was he a whistleblower exercising his right to expose the government for it's unconstitutional actions, or was he simply a traitor who sold our secrets to foreign entities? American opinion is still split over Snowden. Some believe that he should be allowed to return to the U.S., while others believe that he should be tried and imprisoned for exposing state secrets to the world. These contrasting views can be partly attributed to how people view the NSA. Some see the NSA's spying programs as a serious breach of their privacy while others see it as a justifiable response to terrorism.
Snowden was committed to doing the right thing so he revealed the different spying operations that were going on within the N.S.A. He became a whistleblower who rescued American citizens from being monitored through illegal surveillance and was looked upon as a
According to Richards (2013), it is illegitimate and pernicious to establish an underground and comprehensive surveillance in the society. First, individual privacy, which should be granted and well protected by the law, is now violated. Under PRISM, personal details, including thoughts, movements, communication, transaction and health record, is being systemically and consistently collected without a permit from the owners. The right to hold these details is shifted from the individuals to the state. The state then can make use of the information for certain political purposes like filtering criminal/ terrorist-related suspects out of the government or even country.
Most significantly, Edward Snowden, who worked for the National Security Agency, released top secret documents confirming this theory. Snowden believes the NSAâ€™s tracking of Americans will only get worse in the future; this is a danger to our democracy. The U.S. Department of Justice has accused Snowden of â€œtheft of government property, unauthorized communication of national defense information and willful communication of classified communications...to an unauthorized personâ€ (Finn, 2013). Although Snowden will go down in history as one of America 's most consequential whistleblowers, he sacrificed everything because he did not want to allow the government to destroy internet freedom and Americansâ€™ basic
Who is a whistle blower? A whistle blower is anyone who exposes any sort of information or activities that is viewed as dishonest and illegal within the boundaries of an organization that is either public or private. This term comes from the whistle a referee uses to single out a foul play. The term was brought up to totally annihilate the usage of negative terms such as informers, rats and snitches. The information of accused wrongdoing can be categorized in various ways such as: violation of company policies, violation of the law, threat to the public interest, threat to national security, fraud and corruption.