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“This Administration [the Bush Admin.] also puts forward a false choice between the liberties we cherish and the security we demand. I will provide our intelligence and law enforcement agencies with the tools they need to track and take out the terrorists without undermining our Constitution and our freedom.
“That means no more illegal wire-tapping of American citizens. No more national security letters to spy on citizens who are not suspected of a crime. No more tracking citizens who do nothing more than protest a misguided war. No more ignoring the law when it is inconvenient. That is not who we are. And it is not what is necessary to defeat the terrorists. The FISA court works. The separation of powers works. Our Constitution works. We will again set an example for the world that the law is not subject to the whims of stubborn rulers, and that justice is not arbitrary.
“This Administration acts like violating civil liberties is the way to enhance our security. It is not.” – Barack Hussein Obozo, Hypocrite-In-Chief, August 2007
But, how do you feel about Snowden, OMG. We already know how you feel about Obama. My personal feeling is that if he was the hero he would like to be, he would have stayed here and tried to prove he was right. Granted, he would probably go to prison, however. Fleeing to Hong Kong for freedom? I kind of think that makes him look a little naïve — or even not too bright. He could be more of an idiot savant. He knows a lot about computers, but not much else.
You’re following the standard formula, Metro: Expose the Obozo regime, get character assassinated. He’s not a hero, he’s a whistleblower against an increasingly corrupt government. There is a difference. Fact is what he is revealing is the government’s efforts to spy on normal Americans, ALL of us. For several years now, guys like Beck and others have been saying the government is collecting massive archives of all of our communications, and the left has mocked them as conspiracy theorists. So when guys like Snowden come out and blow the whistle from an insiders, highly informed position, you guys on the left ignore the reality when it’s proven that it’s not a conspiracy theory, but instead conspiracy FACT. Snowden is not giving away military intelligence or the latest submarine technology, nor is he giving away secret computer codes, he’s giving away and confirming the existence of systems that the government is using against its own citizens. Or is that its own subjects now? Hmmmmmm
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“The only defense against the world is a thorough knowledge of it.” ― John Locke
If we take Snowden’s claim of purely altruistic, patriotic motives at face value, he may have picked the wrong country in which to hide. If he brought his computer (or backup thumb drives) with him, the Chinese government could confiscate them and, after cracking the code (if any), have access to everything he stored there. If not, he probably STILL has knowledge that could be pried out of him by interrogation (and according to reports from Korean War POW’s, their interrogation methods are MUCH more “enhanced” than ours), which he has probably NOT been taught to resist. In this case, he made a very STUPID choice of hiding place, EXCEPT for his physical safety from our drones: we would not risk war with China by sending a drone strike there.
It is, however, a possibility (NOT, at this point, an accusation) that the altruistic motives are a cover, and his intention all along may have been to turn information over to the Chinese government. But in either case, they may have obtained some very serious secrets, and someone is going to have to go into harm’s way to find out for sure.
At this point I’m sure that varying definitions of traitor and patriot are being applied to Snowden and that I will wait for further info to decide which label applies.I watched Anderson Cooper interview John Miller,former senior investigator for National Security,yesterday.Miller stated in rather vague terms that seemed to allude to the need for the F.B.I. and other agencies to formulate,to the extent of inventing a very specific charge that is designed to fit the requirement of Chinas’ extradition policy.
The government has been caught with its collective pants down and curiously,has generated rare bi-partisan support for burning this guy.Given that attitude,it will make discerning the truth decidedly problematic.Snowden will be eaten alive if the U.S.authorities ever lay hands on him.If the Chinese treat him as ruthlessly as they have their own dissidents,then his future is in doubt.