I found this on the web site of Personal Liberty Digest.
I think it deserves a bit of discussion and consideration.
Regardless of your position I would be interested in hearing your thoughts.
I think I am at least somewhat in agreement with the Times editorial on this issue.
Thomas Payne once said and I also believe that Thomas Jefferson also said "Government which governs least governs best."
Our government at all levels local, state and Federal and especially Federal is governing entirely too much.
Please spare us all a personal attack on Timeontarget if you find this to be distasteful.
Just simply state your position.
Thank you and forgive me if you are offended by the Times editorial.
HiI Tot. I think I saw where a judge the other day ruled against two people who said their personal rights were violated by the NSA in connection with a crime they did. Paraphrasing the judge, "the NSA is a legitimate counter punch to Terrorism and provides micro and macro intelligence to the U.S. government in the prevention and detection of those seeking to harm our citizens and our country."
In another article I read, it said that Snowden was more than just a 'whistle blower' he was much worse as he revealed the 'plumbing' to our enemies and others which SHOWED HOW THE US PERFORMED THIER OVERSIGHT. He showed them How we did it!!! He went beyond being just a whistle blower.
I personally think Snowden is a traitor. Much like Walker was with the Navy, and Hanson was with the FBI.
He deserves imprisonment, in my view, for betraying his country.
"Please spare us all a personal attack on Timeontarget if you find this to be distasteful."
I wouldn't think of it.
The NYT condemns the "exile" of Snowden using an "ends justifies the means" argument. I say that aiding and abetting our enemies is an act of treason. As for how Snowden's leaks have damaged our - and our allies' - national security, here's how British intelligence views the situation:
Further, when we as a society sanction an "ends justifies the means" argument, we are opening the door to all sorts of problems - both by the government and by individuals. And when we hail "a former Central Intelligence Agency employee and former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor" for breaking his oath of secrecy, we encourage everyone else who takes an oath ANYWHERE AT ANY TIME to conveniently forget it when it suits their purpose.
Snowden belongs in "exile." If he returns to the U.S. - one way or another - he should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.