I'd like to see those who broke the laws first by ignoring our Constitution on the right to privacy, charged with a crime followed by a trial.
Then, we can have Snowden charged and taken to trial. This sequence is the only one that makes any sense.
True. But even the "best" laws don't automatically set aside an asylum in a foreign country.
Frank, Get with the program; those in intelligence and our government knows who the culprits are/were. The honchos of all those departments who knew and did nothing are also accessory to the crime.
If nobody is willing to take responsibility, those departments shouldn't exist or get funded.
I think that the USA have the Whistleblower Protection Act ...
... but I know: you're saying, Frank,he isn't a whistleblower.
Allowing each individual who works for the government...especially those in sensitive positions...to arbitrarily decide that classified document SHOULD be stolen and made public...is a wish for anarchy.
You,Quote:Allowing each individual who works for the government...especially those in sensitive positions...to arbitrarily decide that classified document SHOULD be stolen and made public...is a wish for anarchy.
You're speaking only about your own interpretations concerning this case/issue.
It should not have been necessary for anyone to reveal that our government is breaking the laws of this land. It should be able to police itself; that's the reason we have three branches of government. They are not doing their jobs.
Most Americans should know what protections we have under our Constitution. Many don't care or there are people like you who think our government can't do no wrong when it applies to our Constitution.
Trust me; you're not with the program.
It takes a dedicated citizen to reveal what laws our government has broken; otherwise it's really not a democratic government for and by the people.
I don't trust our government. They have started illegal wars by lies and innuendos that have killed untold tens of thousands of innocent people.
Despite Snowden's critics' claims, the acid debate we're now engaged in over privacy and government surveillance as a result of his revelations and the media exposés that have derived from them would not have occurred without him. Those who argue he could have achieved a better result by going through channels are clueless to how such matters work in real life. How is that exactly? Law-breaking whistleblowers are pursued while law-breaking officials are left untouched or promoted.
No police state springs forth fully grown. It is built, piece by piece, aided by citizens who ignore the warning signs and officials who crush the warners. Snowden and the journalists who have followed up on his leaks have warned us. The worst response we can make is plug our ears to all they have said and let the crushers do their work.
These diarists have explored the Times editorial:
• BREAKING: NYTimes: Snowden Deserves Clemency, Clapper Lied to Congress by Tasini.
And I do not have the intense distrust of our government that people like you Timothy McVeigh, the Uni-bomber, and some other extremists have.