I live in a place where it is still possible to sit in the coolness of the night and watch the sky. You can gaze upward at the moon, watch stars flicker, see the Milky Way, see a haze of water vapor, and watch the red flicker of jet planes traversing the heavens as they ferry travelers around the globe. I live in a place where it is still possible to feel that you are alone.
Staring upward tonight, as on many other nights, you can also see human created satellites plying the outer edges of the Earth with silence and stealth. Little orbs of information, communication and information conveying everything from the magnificent imagery of Google Earth to Seinfeld re-runs to the position of suspected Al Qaida leaders.
And, there are many satellites. They trace the sky with great frequency and regularity.
Tucked into our little place on the Earth we are visible even down to the least significant detail: the cultivation of our garden, the pasture where our donkey’s graze, the shingles on our roof, the color of our home.
True, no one cares to see us, but they can.
And so, it is with that in mind that I hereby nominate Edward Snowden for the Nobel Peace Prize. I do so with a deep respect for his conviction, sacrifice, and with an appreciation that his revelations are a clarion call to salvage that which remains of human dignity and privacy.