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NSA Leaker Edward Snowden IS A Traitor

The rush by some to celebrate NSA leaker Edward Snowden as a “hero” is both foolish and shortsighted. Snowden’s actions were neither principled nor patriotic. Snowden, by his own admission, was motivated by a self-defined commitment to “transparency,” which is not a constitutional concept, but a selfish decision to put his own opinions above the rule of law.
Edward Snowden
What’s more, by going outside the legal system, Snowden effectively made himself – rather than the potentially unconstitutional actions of the Obama administration – the issue.

Snowden told the British newspaper The Guardian, "I have no intention of hiding who I am because I know I have done nothing wrong."

Yet as of this writing, Snowden has effectively disappeared. So, while he is not hiding who he is, he is certainly still hiding – definitely not the actions of someone who thinks he has done nothing wrong.

Speaker of the House John Boehner told ABC News that, “He’s [Snowden] a traitor,” and that, “The disclosure of this information puts Americans at risk.  It shows our adversaries what our capabilities are.  And it’s a giant violation of the law.”

ABC reported that Boehner then endorsed President Obama’s characterization of two programs (which allow the NSA to gather information about phone calls made in the U.S. as well as information on foreign suspects collected from major internet companies) as critical to the government’s ability to fight terrorism. He said that there are “clear safeguards” built into the programs to protect Americans.

Congressman Peter King of New York, formerly the top Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee, referred to Snowden as a "defector" who should be punished to the "fullest extent of the law."

"If Edward Snowden did, in fact, leak the data, as he claims, the United States government must prosecute him to the fullest extent of the law and begin extradition proceedings at the earliest date… The United States must make it clear that no country should be granting this individual asylum. This is a matter of extraordinary consequence to American intelligence,” said Representative King.

Other senior members of Congress, including Senate Intelligence Committee chair Dianne Feinstein of California and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers of Michigan, have also called for Snowden's immediate prosecution.

These Members of Congress have it right about Snowden’s leak being traitorous because it compromises the government’s ability to do what most conservatives consider to be the “first job of government,” which is protecting the people and their sovereignty.

What’s more, these programs -- and the constitutional safeguards built into them -- were developed through the very constitutional processes Edward Snowden claims to be defending.

By disclosing these highly classified national security programs to the foreign media, Edward Snowden effectively appointed himself to the United States Congress, Presidency and Supreme Court -- and made himself the arbiter of all things constitutional.

That may help feed Snowden’s ego, but it does little to advance the causes of constitutional government and respect for the citizen privacy in the context of the First, Fourth, Ninth and Tenth Amendments to the Constitution that Snowden clams to be defending.

Instead, Edward Snowden should have worked within our constitutional system of government, and if he had a legitimate concern about the conduct of the NSA, turned those concerns over to Congress, which has oversight responsibility for the NSA, and let those charged by the Constitution (such as Senators Rand Paul, Ron Wyden and Mark Udall) put a stop to any extra-legal actions on the part of the government.

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hero - boehner covering his own a$&???

Is Boehner involved in this in any way? These politicians coming out against Snowden really concern me. Why did John Roberts rule in favor of obamacare all of the sudden? Did the government have something on him from this information that was secretly collected? What about all the boneheaded congressmen that voted for it? Did the justice dept. go after any of them? You people that consider this collection a good thing better rethink, and fast. the day is drawing nearer... we will not stand for this.

Anyone with half a brain and able to think critically...

As a former member of the military, I can say that there are some things you don't like, things that you have to just put up with. There are other things you encounter that can't be tolerated. When you can use your chain of command to fix the intolerable, you do. But there are some things that the chain of command will not fix. Things that work to their advantage. I'm sure you'll agree PRISM does that. If you think one Senator or Congressman will change that, you're wrong. There is always some deal to be made, or someone to threaten, or a whistleblower to disappear without a trace (thank you NDAA), or an accident waiting to happen.
Something this big, requires everyone to know, all at once. There is no other way to protect yourself if you're in Mr. Snowden's position.
If you're a citizen of the United States, and you support this program, you're either very naive or very stupid.

There is no Constitutional process that allows our government to do what this program does. Without the sworn testimony of a witness, and warrant from a court, they violate the Constitution. Period.

All elected officials and civil servants swore to uphold and defend the Constitution. Those who knew about this program without actively trying end it and bring it to public light, are guilty of the textbook definition of TREASON.

That means Boehner, King, Rogers, Feinstein, Obama, and Alexander should be arrested and tried.

This is a Republic. The people of this country are sovereign.

If you've read the Constitution, one line at a time, you can't help but love, admire, and stand in awe of it. There is nothing like it.
People, read the Constitution. Especially before you call Snowden a traitor. It'll prove you wrong. It literally is what makes us Americans.

Who do you trust?

I agree 100%.
It's pretty obvious from the reaction of Congressional members to this disclosure that none of them can be trusted.
For almost five years we have seen countless acts by this administration contrary to the interests of this country and what have our elected officials done in response? Absolutely nothing of consequence! Why? I DON'T KNOW. Maybe they are all on the same nefarious team, maybe they fear to lose their exalted positions, or maybe they are just plain stupid.
Snowden is a hero! He risked everything to expose this unconstitutional program. The real traitors are in office and apparently will do or say anything to stay there!

Snowden, a traitor?

"What’s more, by going outside the legal system, Snowden effectively made himself – rather than the potentially unconstitutional actions of the Obama administration – the issue."

Only in the eyes of the rather dumb, Progressively led people.

Traitor?

The oath that he took supersedes everything in this matter. The American government attacking it's own citizens? Fienstien and Peter King supports his charges? I would bug out too. A long drawn out court case is not possible since he would be tried in a kangaroo setting, even in absentia. These people are scary socialists that have infiltrated our innermost workings. R. and D. don't mean anything anymore. It is the people vs. the traitors.

Sunset on the oh so mis-named Patriot Act

with reference to your comment, There was in fact a sunset built in to the Patriot Act - but when it came the cowardly bas***ds in Congress re-authorized and expanded it, despite the fact that not a single shred of independent evidence was ever produced to show that it had actually done any good at all.

Are You Naive???

He should have worked through the constitutional channels??

The 'first job of government' "is protecting the people and their sovereignty".

Wake up and smell the history. The 'first job of government' is to protect the government. Of course that is with the proclamation, how else could we continue to do all the benevolent things that we do, such as "protecting the people and their sovereignty." But history has shown repeatedly under this same guise that a government unchecked will use this excuse until self protection is it's only job, else how would it continue to exist.

Those constitutional channels, you suggest he should have used, are the same channels that established PRISM in the first place. He had no legal course of action that would have resulted in anything but a reassignment to some unknown region of the world.

As Ben Hart has so eloquently written, he had no obligation to protect illegal activities.

The fact that Boehner sides with Obama on this issue is no surprise. He is every bit the establishment republican of the last 15 years that has sought to expand the role of government, rather than protect the constitution. If the so called "conservatives" in congress won't protect the constitution, then who will??

This has shown the Patriot Act for what it really is. An excuse, under the guise of protecting us, to put us all under passive surveillance and detain as deemed necessary. The establishment of a seemingly legitimate and "constitutional" process, which is inherently secret and without any checks and balances, to then create a shield for programs that could never have otherwise seen the light of day, "FISA signed off". The only people who could possibly defend the actions of PRISM are those who do not fully comprehend the capability it provides. Sure it may help us prevent an attack, but at what cost? If we all lived in concrete cubes we would be safer too, does that mean that it is a good idea?

Obama's characterization of this innocent program is so far from the truth that either he is willfully attempting to pacify the majority who do not really understand technology or he is among them that do not understand. It seems Boehner is in the same camp as I fear most of our Congress is, either inept or willfully deceitful, probably both. The actions of Congress in all things technology have been so consistently misguided it could not be otherwise, DMCA, CISPA, SOPA, and CFAA. Everyone of these would have prevented the creation of the Internet as we know it today. They all continue to stall further innovation and will not allow the Internet to become what it will be, within the United States (It will happen elsewhere and they will enjoy the next economic boom). To say that these same people could have understood and addressed the violations of the constitution that PRISM represents is clearly naive. They were the ones that allowed it to be built in the first place.

Snowden, a Proven Patriot

Nobody in their right mind other than a concerned patriot would risk the loss of good secure job in Hawaii and even his very life to be critical of the government...unless their concerns for the future of the nation were in fact justified. For further illumination on the matter, go to you tube and check out what conservative Judge Napolitano had to say about the matter. In my opinion, that young man put all on the line for his country to a degree that would have made the Founders proud of the holders of their legacy. Rather than being villified - which one could expect from the very DNC whose unconstitutional behavior he was attempting to call into appropriate question - this young man desrves our commendation and protection under our laws. The Constitution makes provision for putting a stop to tyranny whenever that begins to invsde the system. The time to resolve the matter is now and thanks go to Snowden who has the courage of his convictions to bring the facts to light in the first place.

Snowden is a hero

Why does the US want to go after Snowden. He simply confirmed what many of US already felt. If the US is going on a witch hunt, why not stop right at the top. Obama has been lying to the American since his first presidential run. What ever happened to his promise to rid Medicare of waste and fraud. The past two months have really been nauseating with all of the lies concerning all of the scandals. Come on, we need to know the truth and confidence that our leadership is serving America rather than an EXTREMELY Liberal agenda. I am convinced that we are rapidly heading towards a one world government under UN control and then nothing will make much difference concerning our freedoms. We will be slaves to the 1% who will control all the wealth. That will be a very good sign as the end of the world will occur soon there after.

No Traitor............

I agree with other comments. Turning this information over to Congress would have been a total waste of time and..................it my assertion will be proven because now that Congress has the information they will not do a damn thing with it. You want to live in a police state Lucius? We are not made more safe by endless snooping. Wake up my friend.

The weakness of an appeal to authority

If Barack Obama, John Boehner, Dianne Feinstein and Peter King all agree that Edward Snowden is a traitor, then that's one argument in favor of his being a patriot. Turning over the concerns to Congress would have done nothing, with Boehner, Feinstein, et al. saying the government was doing nothing wrong. Congress would have covered it up or the hearings would have been in secret and we wouldn't have known what was happening and would have no opportunity to stop it.

Going into hiding makes sense. Even if you think you've done nothing wrong, the fact that someone in power thinks you have is a reason to hide. If you informed on the Mob, wouldn't you go into hiding?

Snowden

I disagree, his purpose is not selfish but to expose privacy rights violations while canvassing for terrorists. The senators you mentioned Wyden, Udall, Paul, King & Feinstein would never have let it see the light of day, so don't expect them to do anything, they took an oath so they can't.
Our enemies know we are trying to weed them out so I don't know to what extent Snowden actions have wrought upon our surveillance capabilities, but I believe that our gov. (NSA) has a responsibility not to invade citizens right to privacy.

Mr. Snowden presents us with a dilemma some hail him as hero others as traitor, but I have no doubt the heavy hand of gov. will crush him.

So who gets to draw the virtual line between electronic snooping and privacy issues ?

Maybe, now that it's out in the open the American people can weigh in. It is a scary thought knowing our gov. is listening to our conversations with the premise of protecting us.

Ben Franklin said: "Those willing to give up liberty for security deserve neither" we should all reflect on Franklin's words as we proceed forward with this dilemma.

Edward Snowden

I don't know if this guy is a traitor or a patriot, but I do know that turning something over to congress is a complete waste of time. Might as well give it to Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny. Congress is a joke and is either unwilling or unable to do anything except line their own pockets and further their own politcal careers. I'd say except for a small handful, they all belong in jail!

Snowden

is a dead man. He knew it as soon as he went public.Hero? Villian? I can't answer for the man. But, as I hear it- he went thru his chain of supervisors and was basically told to ignore. Perhaps his personal sense of "moral outrage" told him to do what he did. The "patriot act" was created as aa knee-jerk reaction to 9-11 and all of congress clapped. "Atta boy". But they left out one important thing- it should have contained a "sunset" clause. How come all those High-fa-lu-tin Harvard, Yale, Columbia etc lawyers didn't see this??Then the "liar in chief" said - I'll rescind, by executive order all those GWB unconsitutional acts on my first day in office. Somehow -it never happened. The liar in chief doubled down- to hasten his "transformation".Personally I am OUTRAGED that our gov't is collecting data on me and honest law abiding citizens and storing it for nefarious purposes??What will it take to clean house in 2014??