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  •  The Cohen article was very interesting (2+ / 0-)
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    Greg Dworkin, Sylv

    I understand the legal difference between "leaker" and "whistleblower".  But given that, what words are we to use when we discuss actions on a moral instead of a legal sphere?

    One can look through our nations history and find ample cases of law gone bad.  The enormous body of US law that regulated holding people as property is astonishing when one gets a closer look.  Leon Higginbotham's book is a great read on that.

    The Japanese-American internment during WWII enabled under a President's executive order.  All made "legitimate" by legal niceties.

    Pick your own example.  But sometimes laws cover up, protect and promote great moral evils.

    So setting legal terminology aside for a moment, what terms do we use to describe these events in moral terms?

    I for one have no trouble calling what Snowden did whistleblowing - but only in the moral sense.  I can't think of any other concise term to use.  I say this because it involves a massively intrusive action of our government into our lives and worthy of our interest as citizens of a "free" people.

    That said, I also want to emphasize that I don't believe in applying "whistleblower" lightly in this context.  We get on a slippery slope when one persons "whistleblower" can become another's "traitor" because of how subjective different people can be regarding morality.

    I'm not liberal. I'm actually just anti-evil, OK? - Elon James White

    by Satya1 on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 08:56:51 AM PDT

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