We read an article about the guy today. I'd talked about him a little bit before, enough that a couple of my students remembered. One student even discussed the conversation with her parents - which I always love to hear.
She then went on to say that her parents think I'm a "lying crack-pot," which may have some truth to it, now that I think of it. Seriously, I think something got lost in translation there. :)
So, here's the link to the story. You may have to put in a password, and I believe that's "birdbig479"
A little bit about what Snowden (and others) exposed, and the extent of the U.S. surveillance program:
(You can look at these if you want, but I think the articles underneath give a better idea of what's going on.)
There's PRISM - which collects information.
There's MUSCULAR - which collects more information than PRISM, and doesn't need a FISA warrant.
Check out STORMBREW...
The spying is happening, and Snowden shed light on it. It's not some left wing or right wing conspiracy... for instance, here's the left-leaning ACLU: click here. Here's the right-leaning FOX News: click here.
And here's a website that details a lot of what's going on.
There are those who say Snowden was wrong, that he's a traitor, and living in exile in Russia proves it. By "exposing" the surveillance, he is helping the terrorists - both with information, and morale, and he needs to be extradited and put on trial.
Others say he struck a blow for freedom. He is a whistle-blower - that the government surveillance program is out of control, and needs to be reeled back in. We should be celebrating what he did.
Call him a hero. Call him a traitor. Whatever. But it's tough to deny the spying.
If you want the extra credit, read and discuss it with a parent or adult. On a piece of scrap paper, write whether you think he's a hero or a traitor, and why. Have the adult you read and discussed it with sign the paper.
If you'd rather leave it in a comment on the blog, that'd be great too. (Or, if you take issue with anything I've said on here, feel free to let me know.)