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Jeremy Sheehy Essay 2 4 November 2013 UCOR 101 Edward Snowden Traitor or Hero Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that Matter Martin Luther King Jr Just what is the role of a conscience individual when they discover a perceived injustice in a democratic society Democracies are one that allows eligible citizens to participate equally either directly or through elected representatives in the development and creation of laws It is then the responsibility of citizens to participate to ensure that their voice is heard Henry David Thoreau in his essay Civil Disobedience states That government is best which governs least Thoreau 305 Thoreau insists that government rarely proves useful and its power is derived from the majority because it is the strongest Thoreau also believed that a wise man will not leave justice to the chance of the majority vote A principled person must follow his conscience and wash his hands of injustice This is very similar to Lao Tzu s philosophy in the TAO When master governs the people are hardly aware the he exists Lao Tzu 206 A moral person must be prepared to be civilly disobedient and take a risk in the pursuit of justice even if it defies the law Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr is a successful example of how his civil disobedience and his public demonstrations ended public segregation in the United States This strongly correlates with Edward Snowden who uses passive resistance on the government by releasing confidential intelligence information Snowden s radical actions are a prime example of modern day civil disobedience His actions were not identical to that of Martin Luther King but provides an example of Thoreau s theory that one must stand up for justice Born in North Carolina in 1983 Edward Snowden worked for the National Security Agency NSA through a sub contractor Booz Allen During the first three months of his employment he began collecting top secret documents regarding the NSA s domestic



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