Steven Gibson

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Steven Gibson
Posted 6 months ago
Richard Ledgett: The NSA responds to Edward Snowden’s TED Talk
But that's the thing. A Federal Judge ruled the NSA's actions to be illegal. Had Snowden went the route of "leaking" what he knew on US soil to the US press, I would have regarded him as a noble citizen. Instead he chose to go to foreign countries. Had he exposed this in the states I believe he would have been jailed then released as a hero. As for the motives I would label financial gain as most probable and coercion as giving him the benefit of the doubt. The "akin to encouraging murder" was more a play on vigilantism. A very important lesson my father once taught me is owning up to your actions. Story time: When I was younger, my family went away for a week and I remained at home. Before leaving, my father gave me strict orders to not have ANYONE over. During this time, a friend was haveing a rough time. He was homeless for a spell and got his truck stuck. After helping him dig it out we were covered in mud and dirt so I invited him to my home to clean up, grab a bite to eat and be on his way. He was grateful and left. My parents came home and I told them what had happened. My father grounded me for a week and when asking why he said because he said no one should have come over. After the week he asked if I would do it again, which I said I would. He smiled and said, "That's why your a good kid." Doing the right thing can give you some flak but if its the right thing you should take that flak with brilliant resolve and comfort knowing that its the right thing. Not run from it like a coward.
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Steven Gibson
Posted 6 months ago
Richard Ledgett: The NSA responds to Edward Snowden’s TED Talk
Why did you pose the question if you believe it was irrelevant? This is text and you may erase it should you desire. Edward Snowden is an intelligent man. I don't believe that he went to Russia as an intelligence contractor and NOT planned on being question and having some knowledge that they would want. However, if I forgo that belief and just run with it: He went to Russia and boom, the Russians want some information! And here he thought that they would accept him with open arms and recognize his struggle in such an oppressive country that is the US. In this scenario I would still hold him accountable for his actions of being put in the position of being coerced (which is also a violation of a security clearance) but take into account his naivete when sentencing. How ever noble his intentions were, his actions were still illegal. I don't like child rapers and sex offenders, either, but I don't want people to go out and murder them.
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Steven Gibson
Posted 6 months ago
Richard Ledgett: The NSA responds to Edward Snowden’s TED Talk
I suppose they could still be relevant. My thinking is as if a drug dealer asked me if doing drugs is bad: It would still be up to me. The revelations are huge! But that wouldn't excuse him from selling secrets, like the previous hypothetical question posed. Personally, the Russians had him over a barrel. He was in a Moscow airport and at any moment he could be deported. I doubt the conversation went like: Russian intelligence: "tell us what you know and we won't deport you." Edward Snowden: "No! I love my country." Russian intelligence: "damn! We tried. Welcome to Moscow!"
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Steven Gibson
Posted 6 months ago
Richard Ledgett: The NSA responds to Edward Snowden’s TED Talk
I can see the point you are making about if he was caught selling secrets, his discovery would have been overlooked and warped. But I do find if funny that he went right to the two countries that he would be able to profit the most from. To me that seems suspect. In a perfect world I would like to be aware of government overreach AND not have our secrets sold. I suppose that in the near future we wont know, with certainty, if his intentions were malicious or noble in nature. It all boils down to what the individual wants to believe. Is it the Big Bad Gov't vs average Joe or The Noble watch dog betrayed by a comrade for personal gain. Experience would tell me its a little of both.
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Steven Gibson
Posted 8 months ago
Do you think religion should be abolished? Would a world without religion be better than one with it?
We CAN do everything without religion however one must include motivation in this equation. For some people a divine motivation is the key component in their action. This works in both the positive and negative forms. Look at many works of the art that came out of the Renaissance. Call me a sentimentalist but I think our world would be lesser without it. If we could somehow erase all the bad and keep all the good that would be great but I don't believe that notion lives in the realm of reality.