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June 18, 2013 - 11:39 am

Dick Cheney has called Edward Snowden a traitor. So has Rep. Peter King. Senator Dianne Feinstein wants to bring Snowden back to stand trial for treason. Meanwhile, New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly thinks Snowden is right about privacy “abuse.”

The pundits and politicians have weighed in and now it’s your turn.

Is Edward Snowden a traitor?

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This question actually has multiple parts:
· Did Snowden violate National Security laws by revealing classified information?
Answer: Yes.
· Did Snowden do a public service by informing and alerting the American public to how their government might be unconstitutionally eavesdropping on private conversations?
Answer: Yes.

I think that the act of simply storing the data, without accessing or interpreting it to create “information”, is defensible as a means of preserving a means to subsequently track and investigate purveyors of international terrorism. The caveat is that this information must be accessed and used only for strictly limited and carefully defined purposes, and there must be strict, effective and reliable oversight.

The problem with our government possessing such data is the serious potential for abuse for political purposes (e.g., hypothetically, suppose the Director of the CIA was refusing to accede to Administration lies, and his recorded emails revealed a secret adulterous affair, that could be leaked to discredit and oust him). That’s why the IRS scandal is so devastating to our trust in government.

Snowden has seriously compromised his white knight status, by ratting out our efforts to hack into Chinese systems, even if the Chinese knew about it beforehand. Publication of this information was an act that adversely affects our legitimate national interests, even if we are not at war.
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Providing the information that the Intelligence Community was acting domestically would be the mark of a hero. (Although perhaps not a very thoughtful hero.)

Providing overseas adversaries like the Chinese and Russians with details of our operations was treason.

With something this big, you weigh your options more thoroughly. He doesn't appear to have done that.

44 weeks ago
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Joe Biden is more of a traitor for revealing the names of the seal team that attacked Bin Laden. Snowden is a patriot who is pulling open the curtain and revealing the wizard pulling the strings.
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Everything is classified with this government. They have more secrets than Jimmy Carter has pills. They claim that everything is a matter of National Security. It has become completely ridiculous.
43 weeks ago
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I don't consider Mr Snowden a traitor, but he did break the law. He should have contacted an oversight group. They probably wouldn't have done anything and then he would have been back to square one. Then he could have gone public and be where he is now.
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Certainly he is untrustworthy, and it is regrettable that he was allowed access to sensitive information, which is more a serious condemnation of the overseers of this access. And he may be a fool, as it seems he has exposed himself to being prosecuted or marooned to some third world destination. But fool or not, he does claim the moral high ground for exposing a painful aspect of today's abuse of data. If he's a martyr to that cause, he will go without much sympathy, and one can only wish him his 72 virgins, or whatever he envisioned would be his reward.
43 weeks ago
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"Treason" is, I think, irrelevant. Treason is a matter of law, and our nation has
moved beyond the rule of law into the essentially lawless realm of power politics. The legislation that authorizes all this, the horribly misnamed "Patriot Act," is itself illegal: a blunt instrument used to bludgeon the basic law of the land. The statements of people in office that the thngs it allows are Constitutional, don't make them so.

If the thing you are violating is itself a violation, how can you frame it withiin the language of law? If society has been pushed into disorder by those entrusted with its stewardship, how can you frame actions that oppose that disorder within the language of an orderly society?

If Mr. Snowden retuirns to the United States he will be tried and convicted.
An obedient Media will paint him in evil colors. Mr. Bush's people will need to cover theselves. So will Mr. Obama's people.

I would suggest that this has nothing at all to do with the rule of law, or with "civilization" as we have come to know it as Americans. Unfortunately, our nation does not operate on those terms today.

If Mr. Snowden can find a country that will keep him, he should stay there.
if he does not know Christ, he should consider His claims, because the power of God (the real One) is the only power that can protect him, now.
43 weeks ago
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The issue isn`t Snowden. That`s a distraction.
The issue is whether or not a Rogue Government has the means to and can abuse The People. Also, should the entire Gov`t be overhauled and forced into compliance with the Constitution with oversight and enforcement.
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In an interview with Rep. Aaron Schock, Michelle Fields asked, "Some are hailing him (Snowden) as a hero; others a traitor. What are your thoughts?" Schock replied, "Well, there's no question he broke the law."

What about the government's blatant disregard for the Bill of Rights?!!

The question Michelle should have asked Rep. Schock was, "Did the government violate the Fourth Amendment to the Bill of Rights?" The answer to that question determines whether or not Snowden broke the law. Laws do NOT inform the Bill of Rights. On the contrary, the Bill of Rights informs the law! Rights come from God (natural law, if you're an atheist), not man. The Bill of Rights is foundational to the Constitution and our way of life. Any law that directly violates the Bill of rights or attempts to hide those violations behind the veil of secrecy laws and non-disclosure agreements is automatically null and void! I've heard nothing but contempt and irreverence for the Bill of Rights from both sides; progressives and conservatives. Schock is no exception. When will the people realize how sacred the Bill of Rights is to our liberties?

The knowledge Snowden revealed exposed a flagrant violation of our Fourth Amendment right: "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue but upon probable cause supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched and the persons or things to be seized." No one is lawfully obliged to obey or conform to any despotic power.

"The general rule is that an unconstitutional statute, whether federal or state, though having the form and name of law, is in reality no law, but is wholly void, and ineffective for any purpose; since unconstitutionality dates from the time of its enactment, and not merely from the date of the decision so branding it, an unconstitutional law, in legal contemplation, is as inoperative as if it had never been passed.

Since an unconstitutional law is void, the general principles follow that it imposes no duties, confers no rights, creates no office, bestows no power or authority on anyone, affords no protection, and justifies no acts performed under it.

No one is bound to obey an unconstitutional law and no courts are bound to enforce it."
(16 American Jurisprudence 2d, Constitutional Law, § 256)
43 weeks ago
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We are torn as to hero or not, but no matter how we judge Mr. Snowden,
he has in the long run done a great service to the American people through
his revelations of the NSA.
Between the IRS, the DoJ, the FBI and the NSA, we have surely become a
surveillance state; no longer a privacy-free Constitutional Republic.
If this is how some liberals believe that America should exist, then indeed
Mr. Pressident........we have a problem.
It's 1776 all over again, when British troops were entering people's homes.
Today is 2013. The situation is worse. Our 'government' has gone rogue in
monitoring, eavesdropping and wiretapping our every phone call.
It's time for the 21st Century American Revolution.
43 weeks ago
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Yes, he rather obviously is. I expect he's been working for the communist Chinese government for some time.
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Barack Obama has personally done more to render aid and comfort to the enemy in time of war than anyone in my memory. I've read that the "president" can end a war simply by proclamation. Since Obama did not proclaim the War on Terror over until just a few weeks ago, that would make everything he has done to aid al Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, etc., since stepping into the White House more than four years ago, treason, doesn't it? Arming al Qaeda-linked rebels in Libya for his illegal war in 2011, which is the direct cause of the attack on US Soil and the murder of American citizens and an officer of the US government, is pretty conclusive, I would say. It's no wonder he wants to shut down all investigation into Benghazi and silence all witnesses. He, too, swore an oath to "preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution".

Until someone shows me how Snowden's whistleblowing has actually aided our enemies (and according to Obama, we don't have any anymore), or begins to match the treason of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, et al, the posturing in Congress by those who refuse to hold the bigger fish accountable needs to stop.
43 weeks ago
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First, people need to treat this as a singular event. Stop trying to obfuscate this with other peoples actions and behaviors.
Eric Snowden is a threat to our security and has aided our enemies by his actions.
There isn't a tall enough tree to hang him from in my opinion.
I fought for this country and in doing so it limited my future options but I will always be a patriot. So will my children and grand children.
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