“Does the End Ever Justify the Means?”

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Edward Snowden is a 29-year old male who leaked the greatest mysteries about what the NSA, National Security Agency, is actually doing. His confidential leaks are some of the most crucial political leaks in history. On the other hand, Snowden created controversy in America, and cause people to distrust the government, even though he used illegal means to obtain this information. (Luce) Edward used rhetoric, culture, and deception in reports to the public. However, the question appears, “does the end ever justify the means?” In my opinion, I do think that the end of this dilemma is justified. Edward, a former employee of the NSA, released to the public, confidential information about our government invading our privacy. It is estimated that Snowden took about 1.7 million classified documents containing information about the NSA. The public knows the most about his leak concerning phone taps, and a database storing every single call made in the United States. They are screened for target words that can signify terrorism or other illegal activities. (Greenwald) However, the United States of America is known for democracy, a government where people have a say. A dictatorship is where the government tells its people what to do, and can keep secrets out of the public eye. With our cultural practices in America, we customarily have a strong national pride. So this leaking of information, going against our own government, made some people believe Edward Snowden was a traitor and spy of Russia trying to sell national secrets. Others, who believe our government, have secrets to hide from us, believe that Snowden is a hero. (Luce) When asked about how Edward felt when he first leaked the NSA files to the public, he responded, “I underst... ... middle of paper ... ...Jack. "Jack Kerwick - The Case of Edward Snowden: Reason v Rhetoric." N.p., 7 Jan. 2014. Web. 12 May 2014. . Luce, Edward. "Edward Snowden has done us all a favour – even Barack Obama -" Financial Times. N.p., 3 Nov. 2013. Web. 12 May 2014. . Sanger, David , and Eric Schmitt. "xpostfactoid." Edward Snowden, rhetorician?. N.p., 9 Feb. 2014. Web. 12 May 2014. . Wittes, Benjamin. "Edward Snowden Is Russia's Puppet Now." New Republic. N.p., 19 Apr. 2014. Web. 12 May 2014. .
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