In a new USA TODAY/Pew Research Center Poll, most Americans say Edward Snowden should be prosecuted, but two-thirds don’t like the idea that the government is collecting their own communication records.
The poll shows a nation riven by cross-currents about the unauthorized disclosures from the former NSA contractor of sweeping surveillance programs that can collect information about millions of Americans and foreigners.
By 54%-38%, those surveyed say he should be prosecuted. Most Americans say the programs have helped prevent terrorist attacks, by 53%-41%, a point pressed by top administration officials including Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.
There is an almost even split on the most fundamental question. By 48%-47%, Americans divide over whether they approve or disapprove of the programs as part of the effort to fight terrorism. By another narrow margin, 49%-44%, they say the release of classified information serves rather than harms the public interest.
In response to a question we always get — ‘Can you protect the planet?’ — the answer to that is ‘no.’
NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden, as an asteroid as long as the Golden Gate Bridge prepares to harmlessly pass by Earth today.
I just let everything hit me.
Revealing? Sure. Helpful? Maybe.
But “classy” and “brave”? I don’t think so.
A USA TODAY reporter weighs in on Angelina Jolie’s announcement today that she had a preventative double mastectomy. Olivia Barker writes: “And who are the brave ones in the country’s breast cancer conversation? They’re so quiet as to be all but ignored.”
What do you think?