This country may be democratic in some peoples opinion, but IMO, it is slowly heading towards totalitarian or dictatorship eventually, there is so many regulations/restrictions nowadays on just about everything in your life, it is getting ridiculous, think how it will be in another 100 yrs too!!! That is, if the US makes it another 100 yrs, my bets are off on that one. LOL
I am on Edward Snowden side 100% He left a high paying job, gorgeous GF and home in Hawaii for this, to now forever remain hidden on locked away. He knew the consequences, he did for the American people(and the world) what most all people have not the guts nor balls to.
He's not a traitor, how can he be a traitor, when he is exposing the lies which can make american's feel a little more safer and giving hope knowing there ARE people out there like him who will do anything to expose this corrupt system. Nixon was impeached for tapping 2 buildings, and obama gets shit for tapping the whole nation. There are too many people in the world.
The only people to call him a traitor are the people who actually fear government and do not want to know about it, to open their eyes, to have their little imaginary world of illusion destroyed.
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If Snowden had been nothing more than a whistle blower and stayed in the country, he would have had a lot of support from American citizens. Instead, he fled the country and leaked classified documents. At that point he became a traitor.
We got one holed up in the Equadorian embassy in London..Julian Assange...maybe he could go live with him in the jungle.
"There are two possibilities in the Universe , one is we are alone and one is we are not.....both are terrifying ." ......... Arthur C Clarke.
Dunno if this is relevant ....CN touched upon it -
Soooooo...... the leaked info cannot be deemed classified if it is covering up something illegal , therefore not making him a traitor ?Leaking of classified information
There is no single law that criminalizes the leaking of all classified information. There are certain statutes that prohibit certain types of classified information being leaked under certain circumstances. One such law is 18 U.S.C. § 798; it was tacked on to the Espionage Act of 1917 during the Second Red Scare in 1950. It is the 'SIGINT' statute, meaning signals intelligence. This statute says that... whoever knowingly and willfully communicates, furnishes, transmits, or otherwise makes available to an unauthorized person, [including by publication,] classified information [relating to] the communication intelligence activities of the United States or any foreign government, [shall be fined or imprisoned for up to ten years.]This statute is not limited in application to only federal government employees. However, the Code of Federal Regulations suggests the statute may apply primarily to the "[c]ommunication of classified information by Government officer or employee". 50 USCS §783 (2005).
There is a statutory procedure for a "whistleblower" in the intelligence community to report concerns with the propriety of a secret program, The Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act of 1998, Pub. L. 105-272, Title VII, 112 Stat. 2413 (1998). Essentially the Act provides for disclosure to the agency Inspector General, and if the result of that is unsatisfactory, appeal to the Congressional Intelligence Committees. A former official of the NSA, Russ Tice, has asked to testify under the terms of the Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act, in order to provide information to these committees about "highly classified Special Access Programs, or SAPs, that were improperly carried out by both the NSA and the Defense Intelligence Agency."
Executive Order 13292, which sets up the U.S. security classification system, provides (Sec 1.7) that "[i]n no case shall information be classified in order to conceal violations of law".
Given doubts about the legality of the overall program, the classification of its existence may not have been valid under E.O. 13292.
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