How quickly we have fallen. From a nation granting asylum to Soviet citizens seeking freedom from oppression to a nation revoking citizenship in an attempt to prevent an American from attaining political asylum.
America, we need to take a good long look in the mirror.
Also, it continues to puzzle me how those who say Snowden must be a traitor say, in the same breath, that Snowden exposed nothing that wasn’t already known. Cognitive dissonance, anyone?
“…For decades the United States of America have been one of the strongest defenders of the human right to seek asylum. Sadly, this right, laid out and voted for by the U.S. in Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is now being rejected by the current government of my country. The Obama administration has now adopted the strategy of using citizenship as a weapon. Although I am convicted of nothing, it has unilaterally revoked my passport, leaving me a stateless person. Without any judicial order, the administration now seeks to stop me exercising a basic right. A right that belongs to everybody. The right to seek asylum.
In the end the Obama administration is not afraid of whistleblowers like me, Bradley Manning or Thomas Drake. We are stateless, imprisoned, or powerless. No, the Obama administration is afraid of you. It is afraid of an informed, angry public demanding the constitutional government it was promised — and it should be….”