Snowden is a true patriot.Since when do employees spy on in their
employers and classify the information?Employees are not to do
surveillance on their boss.They are servants. Not a police force.
Some of these senators appear to be mocking the countries that Snowden has to
pass through to avoid extradition. Clearly China, Russia, Cuba, and Venezuela
have some very serious corruption/human rights issues, but with recent
revelations about the IRS, the Justice Department, the NSA, Benghazi, the Fast
and the Furious, and government overreach ad nauseam here in the United States
our government seems somewhat hypocritical in its contemptuous overtones.
Given the tendency of those in power to abuse that power... it is difficult to
support government programs that infringe on the privacy of citizens who have
shown no propensity to criminal activity. They say, "If you are
not talking to terrorists, you have nothing to worry about." In the
1950's the same phrase was used by the followers of Senator Joseph
McCarthy, except the word "communist" was used in place of
"terrorist."Has history taught us nothing? Do we not see
that totalitarian states always employ means of gathering information on
EVERYONE in order to intimidate citizens? Is this what we have become?
Arizona1:I think you'll find out that the bi-partisan support
for the NSA, the Senators on both sides of the aisle condemning Snowden, the
fact that Obama continued a program started by Bush, all will indicate there are
some serious external threats within our free society the NSA was protecting us
from. The IRS scandal was about groups seeking tax exemption and
not even pretending to comply with the law written for groups who aren't
political and only seeking community improvement. Benghazi and the
State Dept scandal were not good, but compared to the real bad guys who seek our
demise, the outrage directed at Obama will appear foolish.We need to
get back to the point where Americans are more interested in looking out for
America, and not get sucked up into endless political warfare that divides us,
allowing our real enemies to exploit because they know we'll turn on each
other.I didn't like parts of the Patriot Act, but it got
bipartisan support, so I have to think they had disclosures that weighed heavily
in supporting that direction. It wasn't trivial.Now everyone
knows theres more.
I hope Snowden knows that Cuba and Venezuela might not be so great for him.
Their communist leaders endorsed Obama in the last election, so they might be
more friendly to Obama than Snowden thinks.
Auspicious movements for a fugitive from justice charged with serious felonies
under Federal law. What's remarkable is the capacity for those proclaiming
him a patriot to rationalize his auspicious travel itinerary.