Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Where is the world is .....Edward Snowden?

Edward Snowden

One simple question.  Is he a trader, a whistle blower, or both?  

I think it is a very important question to ask of our democracy.  If our government is doing something questionable and an employee reports it, even with Top Secret clearance, then is that treason?  Soldiers in the field are told it is not.  That they can disobey an order that they know is criminal, such as murdering innocent civilians.  If employees can't find the line then you can never expect them to come forward with information.  They must be able to clearly establish right from wrong and then have confidence that the system designed to protect them works.. All in all, the whistle blower laws are silly.  Can they really protect an employee from the wrath of his employer?   One of the main reasons the employee has performed a questionable practice is he feared for his job and the repercussions from ownership.  The employee generally does not profit from the act.  Ownership forces them to break a rule or overlook a regulation in the name of profit and greed.  Now if the employer is the US Government, well, who is going to protect the whistle blower?  Certainly not the Executive branch of our government, certainly not the Judicial branch, and who would expect the Legislative branch to even be able to get out of their own way.   Maybe he is better off hiding out in Ecuador or Iceland.  

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