EDWARD SNOWDEN NOMINATED FOR NOBEL PEACE PRIZE – Just when the U.S Government thought the notoriety of Edward Snowden couldn’t get any more embarrassing two Norwegian members of parliament from the socialist left-wing have nominated Edward Snowden for the Nobel Peace Prize.
According to Bård Vegar Solhjell and Snorre Valen Edward Snowdon should be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of revealing the NSA’s intrusive spying tactics which has ultimately made the world a safer place.
In mid-December 2013 the U.S Government, in what appeared to be a desperate attempt to get hold of sensitive documents, considered offering Edward Snowden amnesty; effectively allowing him to return to the U.S without the possibility of prosecution providing he handed over some 1.5 million classified documents yet released to the public domain.
There can be no doubt that some officials in Washington will be reeling from the concept of providing such an accolade to a man they consider a traitor and who released classified information that has, according to the NSA, resulted in untold damage to U.S national security and its assets.
Privacy advocates on the other hand feel that national security hasn’t in fact been that badly affected but rather those controlling the security services were simply embarrassed at being caught spying on their own citizens and more damning a number leaders of others so-called allied nations.
There can be no question that technology provides us with better opportunities to democratic freedom, freedom of speech and freedom of expression. However the use of technology can also be used, as the U.S Government adequately demonstrated, for the purpose of oppression, surveillance and espionage.
With the revelation of the U.S and indeed British security agencies spying on political leaders, even those deemed allies, it appears the U.S and Britain have taken the mantra of ‘Love Thy Neighour’ in a perverse way; that is Love Thy Neighbour but don’t get caught.
The truth will set you free… it’s a nice thought but it seems evident that Government really doesn’t trust its own citizens sufficiently to give them freedom and when it comes to foreign powers there appears little in the way of trust.
It is unquestionable that Edward Snowden’s actions have pushed both truth and transparency into a corner and with the leading global security policies now being questioned as to their validity this should not flippantly dismissed; we now have a serious lack of trust with Government’s now pointing the finger at one another and wondering whether they have been subjected to their privacy being unlawfully invaded.
All countries need, to a degree, a reliable intelligence service but as we have seen emerge from the leaked documents the security is evidently lacking when it comes to moral boundaries.
Yes, the preservation of a country’s security is paramount in order to keep the populace safe but at what cost.
With the speed at which technological advancements are being made it is clear through Edward Snowden’s whisleblowing that this technology is being used to pervert the nature of national security… just because you can do something doesn’t necessarily mean you should.
Would Edward Snowden be a worthy recipient of a Nobel Peace Prize? There are many who think he acted selflessly in order to uncover the truth and the scale of the NSA’s abuse of technology.
Of course there are others who will always view Edward Snowden as a traitor who should be the recipient to a lifetime behind bars.