Share on Google Plus Share on Twitter 2 Share on Facebook 3 Share on LinkedIn Share on PInterest Share on Fark! Share on Reddit Share on StumbleUpon 1 Tell A Friend (6 Shares)  

Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites (# of views)   5 comments
OpEdNews Op Eds

Demand An Unconditional Pardon for Edward Snowden

By       Message Justin Raimondo     Permalink
      (Page 1 of 2 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; ; , Add Tags Add to My Group(s)

Must Read 1   Well Said 1   Funny 1  
View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com Headlined to H2 1/5/14

Author 58887
Become a Fan
  (7 fans)
- Advertisement -

Source: AntiWar

His personal fate prefigures our future

- Advertisement -


(Image by AFP Photo / Mandel Ngan)   Permission   Details   DMCA

Benumbed as we are about the extent of the National Security Agency's systematic spying on the American people, I thought nothing could surprise me anymore. I was wrong. The news that the NSA is intercepting newly-ordered computers en route to their purchasers and installing them with back doors really takes the cake: it conjures the kind of nightmare world a writer of dystopian fiction might imagine. I don't even want to think about the possible scope of such a program, or its implications for the future. But I must: we all must.

In a rational world, there would be no question about the moral and legal status of the man responsible for exposing this treason to the Constitution: he would be hailed as a hero by every sector of society, from the political class to the working class, and given the Congressional Medal of Honor. In our sorry, sinful world, however, Edward Snowden is on the lam, charged with two counts of violating the WWI-era Espionage Act and one count of stealing "government property." Facing at least 30 years in prison, probably much more, he has been forced to seek asylum in Russia, of all places: condemned, as the New York Times put it in an editorial calling for leniency in his case, to "a life of looking over his shoulder."

In the Bizarro World that enveloped us after 9/11, all values were inverted: good became evil, war was transmuted into peace, and the very concept of liberty was erased, replaced by the false idol of security. And the nightmare continues: long after the smoke that choked Manhattan cleared, our queer condition persists. In our new world-turned-upside-down, the guilty are glorified and the innocent pursued to the ends of the earth.

- Advertisement -

Glenn Greenwald, one of the journalists contacted by Snowden to act as a conduit for his revelations, wrote a book before all of this happened that perfectly explains why and how this came to be possible. In With Liberty and Justice for Some (2012), he prefigured Snowden's predicament with eerie accuracy:

Click Here to Read Whole Article

- Advertisement -
 
- Advertisement -

Ad info: click here

Top Content
in the Last 2 Days
(by Page Views)

TrumpCare dies, XL flies -- and the secret winner is... by Greg Palast (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

A US war with nuclear armed Russia just got more ominous by Dave Lefcourt (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Urgent Situation for OpEdNews by Rob Kall (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Adam Schiff is a Traitor to Humanity by Paul Craig Roberts (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Franklin D. Roosevelt Letter Criticizing Democratic Party and Declining 1940 Democratic Party Nomination by Michael Moore (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

The Surveillance State Behind Russia-gate by Ray McGovern (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Donald Trump, an American Opioid by Marcello Rollando (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

The Sleazy Origins of Russia-gate by Robert Parry (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Right Wing Venue, Liberty Planet, Nails Down Schneiderman's Obfuscation on NY Primary Election Fraud by Stephen Fox (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

No Negotiating With Terrorists, Especially American Terrorists by John Rachel (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Rep. John Culberson (R-TX) did not expect a town hall like this (VIDEO) by Egberto Willies (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

The Warring Kleptocrats by Chris Hedges (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Climate Change and the Out-of-This-World Trump Administration by Arshad M Khan (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Thank God for the Donald by Cleve Stevens (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Prison Camp Standard of Care: Appellate Courtl Rejects PA Effort to Further Delay Hep-C Treatment for ailing Mumia by Dave Lindorff (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Boy On A Man's Job? Worse Than That... by William P. Homans (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Daesh, Creature of the West by Pepe Escobar (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Sanctuary Cities and DoJ Funding: The Hypocrisy of Jeff Sessions by Thomas Knapp (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

America's deportation squads want to expel our neighbours. We are saying no by Bill McKibben (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Five Things the Democrats Could Do to Save Their Party (But Probably Won't) by Ted Rall (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

The Rise of The Mule: Donald Trump and the Crumbling American Empire Posted by K V Ramani (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Trump's Business of Government by Robert B. Reich (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Speculating on What's Below the Surface in Trump's Iceberg by Rob Kall (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Poster: White House Principals Pose for a Portrait by Ron Nilson (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Nikki Haley Calls Out Congo as Predatory: "Let's End This" by Georgianne Nienaber (With membership, you can see # of pageviews)

Go To Top 50 Most Popular

Classics of Liberal Thinking

Progressive Radio Links
 
- Advertisement -
Help us restore justice and free Don Siegelman