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Letter: Let's honor Snowden as a hero

Published November 16, 2013 1:01 am

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Would we be having a national examination of the role the NSA and other spy agencies in a free society if Edward Snowden hadn't revealed NSA's secret activities?

Accusations of massive spying would be met with official denials, as they have for years. The lack of oversight and effective protection of our privacy rights remains a threat to us and future generations.

Rather than being honored as a hero, this brave whistleblower is being charged as a traitor. That just ain't right.

Bruce Joffe

Piedmont, Calif