Looking back at Watergate, I can’t help but think it is child’s play compared to what the government is doing to each and every American citizen: cellphone tapping and recording, monitoring Internet searches, and logging your location through GPS location databases.
Yes, it sounds conspiratorial, but it is happening right now. George Orwell’s “1984” got it completely correct; he just didn’t go far enough, and he missed it by few years.
How could this have happened? We all gave a little freedom to secure ourselves from “terrorists,” and somehow we wrote around the Fourth Amendment. Apparently, any devices not in place during the writing of the Constitution are exempt from the searching eyes of government in 2013 and beyond. People are being arrested and held without bail for merely mentioning terrorist activity, America needs to wake up before it is too late — if it’s not already.
As for Edward Snowden being a traitor or hero? I leave that to your interpretation, but seeing that he warned Americans about abuse by the U.S. government and was forced to leave the country to live in Russia, I’ve made my choice.
William Kastner / Napa