Legal, Ethical & Social Issues
1. Who is Edward Snowden?
Edward Snowden is a computer analyst who use to work for the NSA. While he worked there, he compiled information on exactly who the NSA were monitoring and how they were doing this, before finally giving the information to journalists from the Guardian and The Washington Post.
2. Do you think Edward Snowden was right to leak the documents that he did?
I believe he was right to leak this information because it is unfair to working, law-abiding citizens who are under the impression that they are free to talk to whoever they want without being watched.
3. What is the argument in defense of Snowden?
– Zoe Lofgren feels that the NSA has been unconstitutional in how they have gathered their information.
– NSA is incredibly intrusive
– Jameel Jaffer says the program is inconsistent with constitutional democracy.
– By collecting this information and making it accessible by a select few we are this close to becoming a totalitarian state says Ladar Levison.
4. What is the opposing argument?
– Stewart Baker feels that the NSA cannot just bring everybody in from the streets and tell them what is going on.
– NSA has told the public: “If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear.”
– “The NSA say it needs all this data to help prevent another terrorist attack like 9/11. In order to find the needle in the haystack, they argue, they need access to the whole haystack.”
5. Can we have freedom and privacy in today’s interconnected world?
Not particularly in the current set of circumstances due to the fact that if the NSA really wanted to access our personal data then they will be able to gain access.
6. What would you do if you were the journalist Snowden contacted and why?
I would show it to my newpaper/media outlets editor and it would be up to him if he would allow it to become public. While it is critical information that the world needs to know, it is crucial that I work within the law/newspaper rules.