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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?

From Snowden’s recent statement:

“…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….”

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22 thoughts on “The Freedom to Speak the Truth

  1. He is no whistleblower.

    A traitor who reveals his country’s classified data has zero in common with Soviet dissidents or with others who sought refuge from Communism.

    Men of principle like Sakharov never revealed Soviet secrets.

    Snowden is truly one of the bad guys. A man without honor. A man without a country. He deserves no pity.

  2. Go back to sleep America, your government is looking after you. (Bill Hicks… about twenty years ago).

  3. “In the end the Obama administration is not afraid of whistleblowers like me, Bradley Manning or Thomas Drake … It is afraid of an informed, angry public demanding the constitutional government it was promised

    This is the first and main point of all spy agencies, to spy on the people. If there’s any capacity to spy on foreigners then foreigners will be spied on. However rulers fear the ruled more than anything, and since rulers first recruited informers, the point has been internal surveillance.

  4. Drake doesn’t belong on that list with the other two for a variety of reason.

    Snowden and Manning need to tried for espionage and treason. Mannings case is actually going on right now. They both handed classified information to foreigners. Drake is a whistle-blower who was prosecuted and won.

    The NSA is a DIFFERENT set of circumstances than the IRS. I find it funny that out of all the whistle-blowers who the Obama administration have gone after the only ones that are getting support from you are the ones that did not go through the whistle-blower process.

    There were three other men involved with Drake that had also been persecuted by the Obama regime and all have been cleared. Our system works when you go about it properly.

    Becoming a Traitor like Snowden and Manning is not the correct way.

  5. “A traitor who reveals his country’s classified data has zero in common with Soviet dissidents or with others who sought refuge from Communism. ”

    A tout is a tout is a tout!

    “Gosh, it must have been ok to do what Snowden did before Obama was elected.”

    Of course it was. Then, it was national security.

    I LOLed at the Tea Party making Clare Daly (Socialist) their hero last week for her anti-American rant. Their bile for Obama is so serious they are now cheering anti-Americanism from ACTUAL socialists.

  6. “Former President George W. Bush defended PRISM, the Internet spying program that began under his administration but remained secret until The Washington Post and The Guardian revealed its existence last month.

    “I put that program in place to protect the country. One of the certainties was that civil liberties were guaranteed,” Bush told CNN in an interview airing Monday. “I think there needs to be a balance, and as the president explained, there is a proper balance.”

    PRISM began under Bush in 2007 and has continued under the Obama administration. The program allows the National Security Administration to collect internet and email data from the nation’s biggest technology companies”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/01/george-bush-prism_n_3528249.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular

  7. Again, it is noted that the great Sakharov knew the USSR’s most guarded secrets, yet as a man of honor, he never revealed any of them during a long tenure as a principled and highly effective opponent of the Soviet regime.

    Compare him with the sneak Snowden.

  8. Clare Daly was being “anti-American” for criticising the president?!

  9. “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….”

    Nice quote, very nice. And he is spot on. As I said all those years ago. None of the last decade was about terrorists. Its about you. You are the real threat.

    I particularly love the argument that Prism is merely a means to look for needles in a barn full of haystacks, and that really they are not reading “your” emails. Yeah, not yet. Thats because the needle isn’t “Anti-Austerity” or Anti-Fracking” (Though we should probably assume that it already is)

  10. No wonder I am sitting here in Gitmo, it was “about us”!

    The Government’s duty to defend the nation has an imperfect history since Christ was a corporal. At times errors in the area of civil liberties have been grave (internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII for example).

    Currently we have an alliance of the pathologically anti-Obama (Patty is representative) and the conspiracy nutcases (I won’t name them and be accused of being part of the conspiracy) who are of course blowing the situation way out of proportion. Adults will prevail.

  11. Troll, the link is to a comprehensive list of tea party sites. Click into a few, if you are capable and read them LAUD the socialist Ms. Daly.

    Hahaha the tea party dummies.

  12. From what I can see from the Snowden affair, all he did was reveal that the NSA records all electronic communications of Americans and whatever it chooses to do from overseas. Is that the ‘secret’ or is there more?

  13. Alan: no, you’ve got it right. He didn’t expose anything specific that would jeopardize a specific operation or put someone’s life at risk.

    He showed the American people that they are being spied on. Before Congress, the head of NSA said otherwise so this info. is new and important.

    Snowden also confirmed for our allies what they might have expected: they are being spied on, as well.

    Phantom can’t write that Snowden exposed that the Federal Govt. is collecting data on its own ordinary citizens because Phantom says – with Troll – that we all knew all about this spying before…no big deal…

    it is a big deal. and no, we didn’t know that us ordinary citizens were the subject of the anti-terrorism data mining.

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