Edward Snowden Gave Up More Than Most

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I’m not an active Facebook user anymore but I do think this pic is worth posting and info worth remembering… Snowden, like Manning, Assanage, online activists- had no PERSONAL gain. Snowden gave up what most people, especially most of us Americans, wouldn’t: safety, security, family and money. He gave that up in hopes we would be outraged and do our job as citizens not just in America, but all across the world. He deserves so much more than to have to be running from his own country for safety; for asylum.

One of the main reasons I stand with Edward Snowden is because he could have stayed as one of the many well off Americans; government employed and paid well to keep his head down and mouth closed. But he didn’t. I know giving up money for truth only to be persecuted may seem like the obvious right thing to do, but look how many government officials with any level of power / access do it.

Snowden deserves better than what his own country is doing to him. Please remember, the government does not speak for all Americans (I.e., me). I want a just world without this war on the people, on women, on “drugs”, on truth-tellers / whistleblowers. I want an idealistic world of no racism, hate, etc but we have along way to go… My point, though, is this country doesn’t represent me or most Americans- please don’t view us all as corrupt as our government.

Snowden- may you finally find a safe sanctuary wherever you are headed. You’re among the heroes to me.

If we want change we gotta fight for it, ain’t nobody gonna give it to us, we just gonna have to take it.” – my hero, Tupac Shakur

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