“Edward Snowden is a traitor to our country. He’s damaged our ability to keep Americans safe here and abroad. There is no other word to describe other than traitor.” ~ Republican House Speaker John Boehner – May 29, 2014
The Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives, the third most powerful man in the nation, called out Edward Snowden.
Called him a traitor . . . no other word would do!
What did Edward Snowden do to deserve Boehner’s harsh judgment?
In May, 2013, Snowden left his job as a contractor for the National Security Agency (NSA) and flew to Hong Kong where he released thousands of classified documents to journalists Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald . . . supposedly with an admonition to not publish anything that might directly harm U.S. security.
Snowden says that he leaked the documents because he thought that Americans had a right to know that private and public security agencies, in the name of fighting terrorism, were capriciously intruding on every aspect of individual rights to privacy and in effect, killing democracy as we once knew it.
In June, 2013, the United States Department of Justice charged Snowden with violating the Espionage Act and for stealing government property; thereby eliminating any constitutional guarantee to due process he would otherwise have (a factor in Snowden’s decision to leave the country?).
So . . . what do you think?
Is John Boehner right?
Is Edward Snowden a traitor?
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a traitor as a person who betrays a country or group of people by helping or supporting an enemy.
In other words, a traitor hurts the nation.
No one likes a traitor.
But Edward Snowden has not been convicted of being a traitor or of any other crime, for that matter. So how could Speaker Boehner in good conscience arbitrarily declare that Edward Snowden is in fact a traitor?
Could it be that the honorable speaker is castigating Snowden to distract voters from his record of repeated abject failures to lead the House of Representatives to protect and serve the good people of this country?
If you’d like to know, you might want to call Speaker Boehner at 513-779-5400 or 202-225-6205 and ask him.
Let us know what he says, willya?
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