Because freedom can't protect itself
Microsoft Helped The NSA Bypass Its Own Encryption Software, Spy On Its Clients : http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-07-11/microsoft-helped-nsa-bypass-its-own-encyrption-software-spy-its-clients
Mr. Snowden can get a Transcendian passport. Transcendia is a nation of airports satisfying his "landed" status. I estimate 28 thousand would be a fair price now for I would have serious negotiations to hand one way or another. Likely more would be absolutely needed.
Still there are instructions and ways to pay and assemble all from on line. Transcendia.wikidot.com is most likely of most immediate utility.
Transcendia.org and Transcendia.org/wordpress are pretty much what I am building from.
I also offered passports to those whom Angelina Jolie wanted to help in refugee status.
Before this, I have always supported the positions and actions of the ACLU, but in this case, I differ in my opinion. No country is perfect, certainly not the USA; but millions of foreign-born persons dream of coming to the USA because of a lack of economic and political liberties in their own country. I used to be one of them. Certainly, what Edward Snowden has revealed is troubling, and needs to be acted on - but he has also committed a very serious crime, and, in my opinion, has truly enabled and helped our enemies to avoid our surveillance. If he truly believes what he did was a political and not criminal act, he should come back to the USA - voluntarily - and submit himself to the scrutiny of the courts and the political arena. once he arrives on USA soil, his notoriety will prevent serious harm to him.
To quote the article, "Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) states that "[e]veryone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution. This right may not be invoked in the case of prosecutions genuinely arising from non-political crimes or from acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations." What he has done, is not only a political matter, it is a *criminal* matter, and if he believes otherwise, he should have the guts to submit himself to the US courts - unless he is willing to assert that US courts are politically-driven.
Snowden is not a "whistleblower," but a criminal. As a longtime admirer of the ACLU (and a sometime donor), I am appalled that the organization would support or approve of Snowden's efforts to evade justice.
If we did not spy and have secret and top secret clearances we would have been taken over a long time ago. Snowden is a traitor period. He threatens our way of life as does many of the stuff ACLU does. We are a Christian nation and have to protect ourselves. ACLJ has the right values for our country.
This blog piece is deeply flawed, and betrays the ACLU’s usual careful analysis of the facts.
Snowden was not persecuted. As a U.S. citizen, he was as free as anyone. Then he broke the law. Breaking the law trumps many rights, including trying to gain asylum to avoid arrest for the commission of a crime.
Whether he broke the law in a good cause or not is beside the point. We ALCU members believe in supporting human rights as one of the basic foundations of modern civilizations. But equally we believe in the rule of law, not of anarchy. We oppose the notion that “less government is better” because the end point of that philosophy is no government at all.
For you to argue, in a piece filled with red herrings such as the comments about Brazil (entirely irrelevant to the issue of asylum), that Snowden has a right he does not have, is distressing, and can undermine the ACLU’s credibility, which it has striven so hard over the years to maintain.
"...in the event he is being pursued for political offenses or related common crimes."
So you're claiming that Snowden commited a political offense? What political offense? I thought he just broke the federal laws surrounding the release of Top Secret information to individuals that are not authorized to receive it. In addition, beyond what he has stated, we don't know why or whether he has received compensation.
Funny, I was going to restart my monthly donations to the ACLU. Now, I guess I'll wait and see how this episode turns out.
Snowden committed treason. He disclosed Top Secret information to the world (which includes 'our enemies') which, by the very definition, is treasonous.
To discuss this matter in any other light is silly.
Set aside his disclosures involving PRISM. If he had stuck to those, I have a feeling neither I nor the government would have a problem with him. I realize those are the disclosures the press wants to focus on, but they have nothing to do with his major breaches of security.
Snowden disclosed Russian codes we have broken (by detailing the contents of a diplomatic message from the Russian embassy), he disclosed servers we had penetrated in China as well as EU traffic we had decrypted and analyzed.
Please forget about PRISM. Snowden is a spy who has disclosed Top Secret information this country entrusted him with. He is not a whistle blower. He is a traitor.
There is no other way of looking at this guy.
Thank you, Jamil, for the powerful argument in your article article "US actions in Snowden case..." It deserves to be reprinted all over the world. Best wishes to you and ACLU.
In addition to invasion of privacy by the massive unlawful spying, unbridled government and private sector industry retaliation of whistleblowers is a gravely serious problem in the US in dire need of correction.
It would appear that the US is piling unlawful acts on top of unlawful acts with regard to Mr. Snowden. It seems to me that this has become a perverse pattern in this country. The mindset has become to never admit wrongdoing even when caught red handed and to keep traveling further down the rabbit hatch while the damages from the compounded wrongdoings mount.
Mr. Snowden's situation has helped to illuminate the rampant retaliation against people in this country who expose wrongdoing on behalf of the people. Following this matter has been like watching an historic play by play of the bumbling, moral decay of United States leadership and their fruitless efforts to try to stop it from coming to world light.
Shame on you, President Obama and Congress! Please get your moral compasses pointed in the right direction on behalf of the people you have been elected to serve.
REAL "heroes" face the consequences of their actions. If what he did was indeed right and for the greater good, then come back to the US and fight in a court of law. His actions are cowardly and since he's a Republican supporter of Ron Paul - and most of these "leaks" were already known in 2006 - it's hard to not rule out that this was just a partisan attempt to embarrass the President. I'm disappointed to see the ACLU - which I've always supported and defended - getting involved in the self-serving actions of a self-righteous publicity hound and - based on his own admitted reasons for taking the job - a liar. Personally, I don't take a knee-jerk, tinfoil-hatted, conspiracy theorist approach to these kind of people, and I'm very, very disappointed to learn that the ACLU does.
It simply "Astounds" me that all of the spying by our NSA and CIA is agencies is just now being commented on??? It's as though they didn't exist until Snowden happened to mention it as he was making a break for it because he knew what would happen to him if he broke their code of silence.
These agencies "Are" our covet and deadly branches of our governmental arms that have been doing this for over 70 years ever since those tactics were "Adopted" by the NSA which created the CIA to enforce the tactics used by the, then, Nazi Gestapo of the 1930s through 1945 after they were defeated and it was believed those tactics were destroyed and gotten rid of, only to find out that this system of extermination and "Control" they used was the perfect solution for the control or elimination American citizens that did not fit the profile of the then American Conservative government.
Snowden is not the criminal he is made out to be by these agencies and the "Massive" media "Disinformation blitz" they are behind,, but go ahead and believe what they say because that's what they expect because their hands are so squeaky clean. That's the way it what happened in Nazi Germany,,,too. It's referred to as "History repeating it's self".
WOW. What is wrong with you people?
Do you believe Mr. Snowden leaked this information for money, revenge, or morals?
He is an intelligent man, otherwise, the NSA wouldn't have contracted him. If he had plans to sell this info to another country, would he not have secured asylum with such country?
Perhaps he did it out of spite or retaliation for one reason or another. Maybe he thought it would be well worth the wrath of the almighty NSA.
Did he do it because he felt what the NSA was doing violated the rights of the citizens of this country?
Why the NSA put such emphasis on Snowden?
Why would they publicly announce to the world how seriously damaged the security of the country is in as a result of these leaks? Do you think it to be wise move? Announcing he holds even further damaging information that can compromise National Security? I don't think so.
You have fallen for a tool used and used again over again. PROPOGANDA people. Plain and simple.
Are you more concerned about what Snowden did or what the NSA did?
Who are you on the witch hunt for? The messenger.
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