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Is NSA Leaker Edward Snowden a Hero or a Traitor?

Early opinions vary on Edward Snowden, the former CIA employee who leaked confidential national security documents and has accused the U.S. of building an intelligence machine that records nearly all human communications.

Some people think Snowden is a traitor.

Some people think he's a hero.

Some people, like me, are reserving judgment until they learn more.

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So what do you think?

And what do you think about the law that gives the U.S. government almost unlimited spying rights on "foreigners," but seeks to reassure Americans that, as U.S. citizens, we don't have to worry about privacy violations?

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky) has been quick to jump on the White House over this issue. In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal he wrote: "If this is the new normal in America, then Big Brother certainly is watching and it's not hyperbolic or extreme to say so. Nor is it unreasonable to fear which parts of the Constitution this government will next consider negotiable or negligible."

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In a globalized economy, in which the friends and families of many Americans, along with the employees and customers of many of America's largest and most successful companies, are "foreigners," should we really reassure ourselves that government spying is fine if it only targets non-Americans? (that's a lot of people)
The Daily Ticker's Aaron Task and I discuss these issues in the video above. Let us know what you think. Vote in the poll below.
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