I would like to go on record thanking Edward Snowden for his act of courage on behalf of all freedom loving Americans. I am not the least bit surprised that our government has plans to extradite him from wherever they can catch him, and then drag him through a ridiculous kangaroo court before slamming him in prison. It is too late to prevent people from learning about the vast domestic surveilance project, so the government's only remaining course of action is to villify the one person brave enough to tell us the truth. Our hero, Edward Snowden.
Not that anyone with half a brain is shocked or surprised that our government has been spying on us. Anyone who has read George Orwell's 1984 recognizes that same dystopia all around them. We even refer to the government as Big Brother in casual conversations, demonstrating that we take this form of government corruption for granted. The only difference now is that we finally have an eye witness willing to testify to the facts. Mr. Snowden is fully cognizant that our "freedom loving" government will be gunning for him for the rest of his life, but it appears that Mr. Snowden is a man of very rare character.
Let's analyze the situation. Anyone working for the government - including anyone working for the CIA - is required to take an oath "to protect and defend the Constitution". If those words were taken literally, we'd have a phalanx of government workers surrounding the four sections of parchment currently protected under nitrogen gas at the National Archives. I think we can safely conclude that anyone taking the oath is expected to protect and defend the life, liberty, and property of those of us who gave them the limited authority they were granted. When the NSA disregards our inherent right to privacy (documented in the Fourth Amendment) they are in blatant violation of their oath of office. This is purjury by virtue of the fact that they have lied under oath. So what do these criminals do when Edward Snowden exposes their vast crime? They accuse Mr. Snowden of violating his oath because he leaked secrets they claim will jeopardize our national security. The only thing that was jeopardized was the continued abuse of government power - something that would never have happened in an ideal world.
So who do YOU think is has violated their oath? The NSA, who were secretly spying on Americans they fraudulently vowed to protect? Or Edward Snowden, the 29 year old high school dropout, who recognized that a vast crime was taking place, and - at great risk to himself - chose to alert the American people to the wrongdoing? I think we should build a momument honoring Edward Snowden, and begin a common law jury investigation of all of our security agencies.
I have no idea where Mr. Snowden is after leaving Hong Kong, but I wish him lots of luck evading the American authorities. I hope that he is extremely clever covering his tracks, because he is now living a life on the run, like the ficticious Jason Bourne.
What do you think? Edward Snowden: Hero or criminal?