Regardless what his motivation was, Snowden broke the law. A second problem is these leaks damage national security. To be precise, UDs negatively affect the Intelligence Communities (IC) ability to fulfill its mission. As well, UDs aid our adversaries and damages foreign relations (Office of the Director of National Intelligence 2011). What is different about the Snowden case, compared to past leaks, is a debate concerning his status.
This collection incriminated the NSA in illegal spying activities. After doing this, Snowden went to the media with the information, and the whole scandal was born. The general consensus was negative towards the NSA for spying on the public. America’s allies such as Great Britain we very unpleased too. It seemed that in the heat of the scandal, everyone had turned on the american government.
Mark Klein, Thomas Drake, and William Binney have all been persecuted for exposing technical details of our surveillance state. Bradley Manning has been treated cruelly and inhumanly -- and possibly tortured -- for his more-indiscriminate leaking of State Department secrets.” These whistle-blowers should be looked upon as heroes- not criminals. Their only purpose for leaking all this classified information is to protect the people from abuse of power. Americans are learning that the government is not keeping these secrets because it is necessary but because much of what they are doing is illegal. In order for a democracy to work, the system must be completely transparent.
However, many argue that torture is against human rights and can defeat its purpose. Torture is cruel and inhumane, it can cause more damage to the situation, and it is unconstitutional. People argued that torture can be useful to gain information on criminals or terrorists that could be vital to saving human life. The information obtained through torture is used for a variety of purposes. For instance, in a time bomb scenario, the police or intelligence services are interrogating the person who is guilty of planting the bomb.
PBS.org reports that “When word got out that Enron... ... middle of paper ... ...guilty of this type of wrong doing. Congress wanted companies to understand that anyone wishing to operate in the manner that Enron chose to operate would be heavily prosecuted for their actions in hopes of restoring faith in the criminal justice system. Works Cited A Guide To The Sarbanes-Oxley Act. 2006. 13 November 2013 .
Government whistleblowers endanger national security by leaking classified documents to the public because that information can be used by enemies of the state against American interests. Further, leakers often act out of malice or self-interest and are acting illegally by exposing information. While it is difficult to grasp the scale of damage created by classified leaks, some specific examples are known. Such cases confirm that enemies can use leaked information against American interests. In a 2012 article in The New Statesman, “Julian Assange and Europe's Last Dictator”, they reported that an associate of Julian Assange, Israel Shamir, delivered unredacted state department cables to Belarus dictator Alexander Lukashenko before a 2010 election.