In the past two weeks, I’ve been criticized for my position that Edward Snowden, the former Booz, Allen Hamilton employee who was contracted to the National Security Agency is a traitor.
Snowden fled to Hong Kong, which is part of Red China, giving away secrets, to which he is privy, seemingly to any reporter who will listen. And surely a Chinese agent or two. Then, the little putz grabbed a flight to, of all places, Vladimir Putin’s Moscow when it looked like he might be extradited after the Chicoms got everything they could from him.
He’s a traitor.
Half of the people who don’t like my position are people who hate Barack Obama and the enemy of their enemy is their friend.
The other half are so-called civil libertarians who think this guy did a public service.
I operate on the theory that however bad our electoral judgment is, Barack Obama was elected twice and it is HIS JOB to not allow people to sell out our government. Putting this clown in prison would be a rare case of Obama actually doing his job.
Edward Snowden signed up to be a spy. There is no way to sugar coat it. The man was supposed to be our spy. It is not his place to make moral decisions on national security matters. If he wanted to resign and follow the whistleblower protocol, that would be different.
But pathological narcissists want to see their names in lights and that is exactly why we have the laws on the books which Snowden violated.
Now you can debate whether or not we need spies and what powers they should or should not have until the cows come home, but the fact is that Snowden’s defalcation and our national policies regarding anti-terrorism are simply two different things.
Snowden signed a contract, took an oath and he violated both.
That makes him a traitor.
Interestingly enough, the younger generation seems to think that Snowden is a hero. They are also largely the group which has no respect for copyrights and the sanctity of people’s work. They all want privacy while they post stupid things on their Facebook pages.
They will either grow up or fixing the problems they cause will be their children’s cross to bear just like fixing the damage from the post-Watergate period (Jimmy Carter and his Congressional acolytes) is our cross to bear.
Whether the children like it or not, the nation needs an NSA and a CIA. It was the handicapping of those agencies by the Church Committee post Watergate that largely left us unprepared for 9-11.
Competent executives and legislators are necessary to keep those agencies in line. Defending freedom on the front lines is never pretty.
If you don’t like what’s happening, then change Congress and the President. And stop whining.
Edward Snowden is a traitor who put Americans in harm’s way and should be dealt with accordingly.
Unless you are Bill Ayres, you may figure that out when you grow up.