Edward Snowden – The Dark Prophet – Snubbed for POY
Poor Edward Snowden. First he is exiled from his home because he is willing to uncover the malfeasance of his own government. Then he is robbed of an award that should, in all reasonable minds, be his. Edward Snowden has been snubbed by Time Magazine as they’ve chosen to make Pope Francis their Person of the Year as opposed to the man they’ve dubbed “The Dark Prophet.”
In your eyes, Snowden may be nothing more than a common criminal, a traitor even. But that doesn’t mean that the things that he did this year weren’t world-shaking. He brought the Obama administration to its knees by proving once and for all President Obama is as corrupt as some of us thought, and as big of a liar as right-wing paranoids always thought he was.
President Obama could rant and rave against the Patriot Act, but when he became President his administration abused its powers even more than the Bush administration had! President Obama could preach about civil rights, but thanks to Edward Snowden we now know beyond the shadow of a doubt that President Obama doesn’t care at all about our civil rights. In fact, thanks to Edward Snowden we have definitive proof that President Obama is a civil rights HYPOCRITE.
But this is Time’s Person of the Year. So their impact shouldn’t just be on America, and Edward Snowden’s isn’t. Because of Edward Snowden, we know that our Government has been spying on us like we were mobsters in a bad FBI novel. We also know that the governments of Canada, Great Britain, and Australia are complicit with the government of the United States in abusing their citizens’ rights and sharing their personal information with other governments. The people of Europe now know that their personal information has been laid bare by the NSA and other government organizations.
We also know that the excuse for all of this was to fight terrorism.
Because of Edward Snowden revealing all of these things to us, our representatives could finally talk to us about the domestic spying programs being run by the NSA, FBI and other government agencies. One of the first things our representatives debunked was the lie that this spying had been useful in the fight against terrorism.
As members of the committee charged with overseeing the National Security Agency’s surveillance, Amici have reviewed this surveillance extensively and have seen no evidence that the bulk collection of Americans’ phone records has provided any intelligence of value that could not have been gathered through less intrusive means.
Because of Edward Snowden’s “crime” we are now having an open and semi-honest conversation about the rights of Americans and whether or not the government should have this much insight into our daily lives. Men like Rand Paul (R-KY), Ron Wyden (D-WA), and Justin Amash (R-MI) are leading the charge to remind all Americans that our Constitution is there for a reason – and the government doesn’t just get to ignore it because it’s inconvenient. (I’m talking to you, NSA.)
So, Time Magazine. You’re wrong. Pope Francis wasn’t the person of the year. Edward Snowden was. Next year just ask me who you should pick and we’ll avoid this embarrassing misstep.