Edward Snowden, American Hero, Vindicated by Federal Judge

Couldn't agree more:

Snowden said the ruling, by a US district judge, justified his disclosures. "I acted on my belief that the NSA's mass surveillance programs would not withstand a constitutional challenge, and that the American public deserved a chance to see these issues determined by open courts," he said ....

"Today, a secret program authorised by a secret court was, when exposed to the light of day, found to violate Americans' rights. It is the first of many," said Snowden, whose statement was first reported by the New York Times.
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Senator Mark Udall, a leading critic of the dragnet collection, welcomed the judgment. "The ruling underscores what I have argued for years: [that] the bulk collection of Americans' phone records conflicts with Americans' privacy rights under the US constitution and has failed to make us safer," said Udall, a Democrat.

Senator Ron Wyden, another NSA critic, also welcomed the ruling. "Judge Leon's ruling hits the nail on the head. It makes clear that bulk phone records collection is intrusive digital surveillance and not simply inoffensive data collection as some have said."

He went on: "Significantly, the judge also noted that he had 'serious doubts about the efficacy of the program.' The reason that he and many others have these doubts is that the executive branch's claims about this program's effectiveness are now crumbling under public scrutiny."

Source: Edward Snowden says judges ruling vindicates NSA surveillance disclosures | World news | theguardian.com

If ever there was one, Edward Snowden is an American hero. He should be welcomed back with open arms and such that the government can't so much as lay a finger on him.

Regardless of the final ruling, what Edward Snowden did was vastly more correct than wrong. The history of other whistleblowers proved to him that he would not have received a fair hearing by the NSA. They would have dismissed his concerns and more than likely gotten him fired in addition to then hounding and threatening him relentlessly.

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