See big picture in Snowden's actions

June 25, 2013 


 

The June 12 editorial "Who is minding the store of secret government?" did a service by summing up the case of Edward Snowden, who revealed secret U.S. surveillance programs.

Our government contracts out the responsibility of tracking possible terrorists to private firms, like Booz Allen Hamilton, Snowden's employer.

Booz Allen Hamilton might have been forewarned about Snowden, a brilliant employee, if they had reviewed his background — a high school dropout who lasted only four months in the Army — before granting him access to so much secret data. Too, as one of the 80 million millennials (those born between 1980 and 2000), Snowden was apparently one of the 60 percent without any religious affiliation who felt they could personally decide on what was right and what was wrong.

However, Snowden's breach of trust may be what Malcolm Gladwell calls a "tipping point," an act so outrageous that whole communities unite against it, in this case the United States and Europe.

Snowden will be extradited, arrested and tried, and the process is bound to improve the security of a program that has been in effect since 9/11.

FRANK BURKE

 

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