Edward Snowden: Patriot or Traitor?

On general principles, I am opposed to government surveillance of me or any American (or most Europeans for that matter) that is not under the control of a court. And while the secret court protests that it is not a rubber stamp, that is exactly how they have acted. This isn’t a new thing. It goes back to Echelon which dates from the Clinton Administration. That’s why I have always found it difficult to accept the official line of Snowden as traitor. "Edward Snowden is a Patriot": Ex-NSA CIA, FBI and Justice Whistleblowers Meet Leaker in Moscow | Democracy Now!.

A group of whistle-blowers flew to Moscow to give Snowden an award.

They are former CIA analyst Ray McGovern, former FBI agent Coleen Rowley, former National Security Agency senior executive Thomas Drake, and former U.S. Justice Department ethics adviser Jesselyn Radack, now of the Government Accountability Project. On Wednesday, the group presented Snowden with an award from the Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence.

The old East German secret police (Stazi – not exactly secret) essentially had a motto of “Know Everything.” Congress and the past several administrations have created a surveillance state that would have had the Stazi turning cartwheels. They know everything.

How often do you use your cell-phone? To check messages, to search the internet, to update Facebook, whatever. They know where you are, who you are with, everything. That is not the way America is supposed to be. But many things are not the way they are supposed to be.

Sam Adams wasn’t the guy from the Boston Tea Party. Ray McGovern explains.

He was given the account to count up how many communist forces were under arms in South Vietnam, and discovered in 1967 that there were twice as many as our generals in Saigon would admit to. They said there could be no more than 299,000 enemy under arms. The precision of that number, sound like 1,429 people gassed to death in Damascus? The specificity of the thing gives it away. In any case, he fought the good fight, but his uppers, the superiors, director helms, caved and would not tell the president the real story. And Sam went to his death with profound regret that he didn’t go outside of channels. He stayed inside channels, where he got diddled and diddled and diddled by the inspector general of the Pentagon, of the CIA. And had he spoken out in 1967, halfway through that war, those of you who know what the Vietnam Memorial looks like, the whole left part of that memorial wouldn’t be there, because there’d be no names to chisel into that granite. And Sam went to his early death with profound regret that he hadn’t spoken out.

One thought on “Edward Snowden: Patriot or Traitor?

  1. There are many issues that rock the boat continually and one of the issues is the fact that Snowden violated a security clearance. That violation qualifies under the Espionage Act of 1917.
    The current position regarding abuses of the Patriot Act, where National Security Agency in particular, committing crimes violating the Fourth Amendment of the Bill of Rights (not, the Bill of Privileges, last time I checked), legitimizes the actions of Snowden, as the actions and leadership of Barrack Obama, are one and the same of a dictator, continually usurping the US Constitution, the US Congress, and established Law.
    This bring America to the terminal point, where, PFC Bradley Manning violated his oath as a United States Soldier. That is punishable by hanging as per the laws of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. In both cases, Snowden, and Manning, the greater issues are immaturity, and irresponsibility. Manning is incarcerated. Snowden will actively and covertly be hunted for assassination. Considering the mess that both cases involve, similarities revolve around revealing weaknesses in internal security, and, widespread, rampant abuses by the Government.
    If I were president, the best course of action would be other than what I initially thought, as I wanted to see both Manning and Snowden executed if found guilty, and instead, after this entire mess has come to light, my action would be to Pardon, both Manning, and Snowden. Manning would need to finish out is military commitment without prejudice, with back pay and benefits, including whatever bump up in rank promotionally that he was due as being earned (to E4/Corporal). For that matter, why not have both Manning and Snowden work for the government testing cyber-security integrity?
    It was OathKeepers, who got Snowden to be considered as upholding his oath by exposing wrongdoing of the Government, therefore shifting him from Traitor to Patriot. I continue to not be easy with matters regarding either Manning or Snowden. I always upheld my oaths.

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