Did Edward Snowden Commit Treason?
Is Edward Snowden a patriot for revealing the government has been eavesdropping on civilians? Or has he committed treason for leaking confidential government information he obtained by working for the National Security Agency?
Let's look at this logically. First of all, it can't possibly come as a surprise to learn the government is tracking our Internet use. Anyone with a half-brain figured out long ago the technology companies are watching our online behavior and using it to market products geared for us. The rumors that Microsoft was in cahoots with the government have been around for years.
The disturbing thing is the Big Brother syndrome – that the government can use the material it gathers for nefarious means. Last week Washington announced it had thwarted terrorist attacks because of information it gathered on the Internet. That's a valid – and predicable – defense. Unfortunately, just weeks ago we learned the Internal Revenue Service was targeting opponents of the current administration. That's not only creepy, it's scary.
Snowden wasn't a government employee but an outside contractor. If he signed agreements never to reveal what he learned, then he's probably guilty of something – but it would be something benign, like breach of contract. Let's not hunt him down, drag him home, and make an example of him to sate those in Washington who have once again gotten caught with their pants down.
More On The Rogue Principal
The more Springs School principal Eric Casale spins his story, the more apparent it becomes that he is caught in a web of his own deceit.
What's worse, the more Casale squirms the more Springs school board members defend him. What is clear, though, is no one in Springs has the facts about the cheating scandal that forced Casale out of a job in the Bronx nearly 8 years ago.
What they have is a chain of events as told by Casale – but his story simply does not stand up to scrutiny. Parents and Springs residents need to stop swallowing the Kool-Aid. Casale fled the Bronx before the hammer came down on him. He was about to be suspended, and a process would have begun that may might well have resulted in the revocation of his license.
His tale was completely rebuked by investigators who clearly stated he covered up a cheating scandal, destroyed evidence, and lied to them. He championed the teacher who manipulated test results and gave her a promotion -- even though another candidate was more qualified -- and a huge raise. Her license has since been revoked.
His only public explanation is that he reported the test discrepancies to his superintendent, but the transcripts of hearing reveal just the opposite occurred.
Springs residents were sold a bill of goods eight years ago when we brought in this guy – who was on the run – and gave him a $125,000 salary. It needs to end now. Surely there were better candidates than a 33 year-old with a tarnished reputation.
Any school administrator accused of the egregious cheating charges Casale was would want to clear his name. Instead, Casale tried to hide the full extent of the scandal and pass himself off as something he's not – an honest, dedicated, school principal. And don't believe the nonsense that the Springs search committee fully vetted him in 2005 – they were manipulated.
There's more coming about Casale's conduct while on the job at PS-91, so stay tuned.