Why PRISM is not Obama’s greatest moment but there’s still hope

Coming from someone who is a staunch Democrat and a strong liberal, it saddens me to see the position that President Obama has taken regarding the NSA leaks. Over the past four years I have defended him constantly when people have thrown shots at him but now I find myself in the precarious position of agreeing with his detractors. I’ve gone from a supporter to question what on earth he is doing and what damage has been done?

I feel angry at his broken promises, barefaced lies and downright foolish behavior. My anger probably stems from the statement attributed to the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden when he said

the election of Barack Obama in 2008 gave hope that there would be real reforms.

When these reforms were not forthcoming Snowden got disillusioned and he

watched as Obama advanced the very policies that I thought would be reined in.

It was with this in mind that he made the decision to go ahead and make, very publicly, the knowledge that he had knowing full well what might happen to him. For anyone who hasn’t read the article where he discusses and justifies his actions then I encourage you to do so. It can be found here.

Snowden is currently in Hong Kong waiting to see what his fate may be. Personally I hope that he is classed as a whistleblower and offered the protections that I think he deserves. The overreach of this surveillance program goes against the very fabric of American society and its values. He was right to make this public and yet now he has the most powerful government in the world after him. I’m glad I’m not in his situation but I will say he is brave and unlike Obama seems to practice what he preaches. There is already an internet movement to back him with a petition being created offering him a full and frank pardon by the White House.

How can Obama get up in a morning, look at himself in the mirror and say he is being true to himself and to his party? He is right when he says that you cannot have 100% security and 100% privacy and of course there should be compromise but he is gravely mistaken if he believes that he has reacted that balance with his actions.

I am not of the belief that his presidency is over though. He has always been a man of great strength, character and reason. Now is the time to show it by admitting you made a mistake, having a real open and honest debate and shaping the future with the American people included. After all Mr President you work on behalf of the people!

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