The Edward Snowden example is just one of the many reasons why I no longer trust the motives or believe the explanations for anything my government says and does. The irrefutable fact is that Snowden exposed the United States government intelligence community as guilty beyond any doubt of criminal conduct in violation of the laws and Constitution of the United States against the people of our nation. Now we know; our government is and has been unlawfully spying on all of us.
Snowden proved that our government betrayed its obligation to uphold the Constitution. It deceived and betrayed the people of the United States. It is therefore a traitor in every sense of the word. Our own government is traitorous. Our own government is criminal. Our own government is corrupt. He didn’t do it for money. He didn’t do it for sex. He didn’t do it out of disloyalty. His motives were pure. He did it for the American people.
Despite all the irrefutable evidence that our government is the traitor, it still insists falsely that Snowden is the traitor. It admits the facts which establish its own guilt but refuses to accept any responsibility for its treason. Instead, it wants to punish Edward Snowden for exposing its crimes.
The government has a right to keep state secrets, but no government has a legal or constitutional right to keep its constitutional and legal violations secret. It has no right to hide its crimes. Therefore, Edward Snowden did the right thing when he blew the whistle on it. Edward Snowden then is not a traitor; he’s an authentic American hero.
The intelligence community wants Snowden’s blood and won’t be satisfied until they have it. He deserves a presidential pardon for his service to the nation but the intelligence goons are willing to do anything; say anything to make sure that never happens. So it has written a mostly classified report smearing Snowden as a disgruntled ex-government employee; a liar; a “serial exaggerator and fabricator.”
It accuses Snowden of doing “tremendous damage to national security.” Sorry, but I just don’t believe it. Snowden’s lawyer, Ben Wizner, says it is a “dishonest report that attempts to discredit a genuine American hero. After years of ‘investigation,’ the committee still can’t point to any remotely credible evidence that Snowden’s disclosures caused harm… The truth is that Edward Snowden and the journalists with whom he worked did the job that the House Intelligence Committee was supposed to do: bring meaningful oversight to the U.S. intelligence community. They did so responsibly and carefully, and their efforts have led to historic reforms.”
Significantly, the report makes no claim that Snowden was a spy or “an agent of influence” of Russian or Chinese intelligence, as some former U.S. intelligence officials have alleged. So, again, his motives were indeed pure.
This is a good example of why I no longer trust my government – the Snowden example.