I had a conversation with one of my (still military) buds the other day.
He asked me what I thought of Snowden.
I said I’m conflicted, because though he did violate the letter of the law regarding his confidentiality agreement, I haven’t seen any evidence of actual harm he has committed against the Republic. And what moral crime has he committed? In fact, Snowden has revealed some of the unconstitutional activities being conducted, acts of which favor freedom and adherence to the Constitution. Sunshine is the best disinfectant!
He said Snowden’s a traitor, but he couldn’t name any specific acts of treason such as revealing the names and locations of CIA agents overseas (like Jack Anderson did years ago, to the accolades of the media at the time — and got away with it).
Next time I see my buddy, I’ll ask him if he supports the second amendment (I know he does, and he’s probably a CCP holder too). Then I will point out the irony of his support for gun rights, versus his condemnation of someone who does a better job defending other constitutional rights than he does, even though he supposedly is the one who took an oath to defend the Constitution.
I don’t think of Snowden as being either a hero or villain, yet. It’s too early to know the entirety of his revelations. Maybe he will reveal specifics that compromise our ability to conduct special operations against our jihadist enemies — who knows, too early to say. But as long as he’s only revealing the existence of unconstitutional government abuses against American citizens, I applaud him.
“He said Snowdens a traitor, but...”
Ask your buddy if he thinks the politicians demanding we support amnesty for millions of invaders are traitors.
You've made a cogent and important points. But don't go wobbly on your principle.
Ask your bud if exposing treason is "treasonous." Ask him if he believes his Traitor-in-Chief is a Traitor. Ask him if if he took an oath to the US Constitution. And ask him if it's the right of his government to routinely violate the Constitution. Ask him if he believes the 15,000 Russian troops recently negotiated to provide security as part of FEMA operations is "Treason."
Frankly, your "bud" is beyond clueless at this point. Either mentor him, quick, or...WATCH. YOUR. BACK.