NSA spokeswoman Marci Green Miller who reportedly said, “There are numerous avenues that Mr. Snowden could have used to raise other concerns or whistleblower allegations. We have searched for additional indications of outreach from him in those areas and to date have not discovered any engagements related to his claims.”
I am glad that NSA has now explained the basis for their theory that Snowden did something wrong.
He did not complain often enough, or loudly, or to enough people, that the work he was involved in was an illegal invasion of citizen’s rights. He only said it once (they claim) and not in a way that they can argue with, so it never happened. And even if it did, nobody here cares about that. So, Snowden is a traitor, a criminal, a . . . a . . . hmmm . . . whatever.
That is the kind of “reasoning” that makes the novel 1984 seem like a contemporary documentary.
OHHH, and look, hiding over there in the corner of the room (hmmm . . . actually taking up most of the whole fucking room) is the fully-tusked elephant that is trashing the US Constitution.
Even if (and I am not conceding or suggesting any allegation not proven beyond a reasonable doubt) . . . . IF Snowden did violate laws designed to prevent exposure of non-accountable violations, by faceless functionaries, of this country’s founding principles of the supremacy of individual Liberty . . . who is doing the patriot’s work and who is doing the despot’s work . . , and which of the two should be respected and protected against the other?