As new details emerge about the N.S.A. spying program, one clearly involving U.S. citizens, the government acts as if it can do no wrong. Why? Because it's the government, apparently.
I am calling Edward Snowden a new American patriot. I know little about the very articulate Mr. Snowden personally. He is said to be a high school drop-out. He may have skeletons in his closest; I have no idea. And at the moment, what is important to me is that a young man has forsaken his career to stand up for the idea which represents what America is -- the government cannot spy on innocent Americans, period. And the government can only spy on Americans with a court-order. And, yes, I am aware of the caveat of emergency situations. But these circumstances are not an emergency in the legal and traditional sense.
Please allow me to refer new and old readers to earlier posts here about the work of Professor David Griffen, who has worked so very hard to investigate the original government allegations after September 11, 2001. I refer to this because it was only after these "attacks" that the P.A.T.R.I.O.T. Act was passed, setting the stage for this seemingly never-ending government surveillance on your and my e-mails and phone calls.
Friends, let us begin to see this for what it is: a willful violation of our Constitutional rights at the highest levels. Let anyone who would harm Americans be stopped. But let not our country and what it stands for be destroyed in the process.
N.B. The video on the referenced page appears biased against Mr. Snowden. The news article, however, contains many quotes which speak for themselves as to the intelligence and patriotism of Mr. Snowden. The critics, on the other hand, look to be feathering their own nests and once again protecting their "access" to the Authorities.
Snowden Defends So-Called Leaks