By Russ Pankonin, The Imperial Republican
Sometimes we’re better off not knowing what goes on. Or as people say in the new trendy cliche, “You don’t know what you don’t know.”
Over the past several weeks, the United States’ allies have all been up in arms. Top secret papers released show the U.S. not only spies on its enemies but on its allies, too.
In fact, the intelligence services of the United States were even listening in on the cell phone conversations of the West German prime minister.
It’s likely none of this would have happened had it not been for a government contract employee by the name of Edward Snowden who stole and released highly classified documents.
Snowden is now wanted by the U.S. government for high treason, and rightfully so.
Snowden fled the U.S., landing first in China and is now living in asylum in Russia. Just imagine the kind and amount of American intelligence those countries may have reaped thanks to Snowden.
Snowden, a computer specialist, is working for a computer company in Russia. No doubt, he’s helping the Russians undo the successes of American intelligence officers who put their lives on the line daily for their country.
According to former Vice-President Dick Cheney, Snowden’s release of top secret information represents the worst compromise of U.S. intelligence in the history of our nation. That comes from a man who served as the Secretary of Defense under George H. Bush and took a lead in anti-terrorist activities after 9/11.
Since the release of those documents, there’s been plenty of raucous activity on Capital Hill and inside the Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency.
You and I have to be naive if we don’t think this country’s intelligence agencies know whether or not we are involved in some type of terrorist activity. Frankly, that’s their job. However, Snowden said he released those documents because he wanted Americans to know what was being done to them as well as for them.
Personally, I don’t relish the fact my government is probably listening in on me in one way or another. However, the greater good prevails when it stops another terrorist attack on our country.
Since much of the intelligence is gathered and acted upon in a clandestine manner, we will never know just how many threats have been negated by the actions of our spy agencies.
It’s ironic that our allies get squeamish at the news we’re watching and listening in on them, because I can guarantee you they’re doing the same to us. Frankly, I think they’re peeved because we do it a lot better than they ever could.
We spy. They spy. Every country spies. It’s just the nature of the world we live in today.
Take solace in the fact that our spies, no matter the sacrifice, help keep this country a safer place for you and I.