In a free society the government is supposed to be open and transparent while the citizens enjoy privacy. What, then, do you call a society where the government is ultra secretive and all citizens are spied on by the state?
Establishment pundits are frantically attempting to make the NSA spy scandal story about whether the whistleblower is a hero or a traitor instead of debating the real issue -- whether broad government spying on U.S. citizens violates their Constitutional rights.
This divide-and-distract strategy has long been used to protect the real criminals to a free society. Some officials are taking the extreme position that the NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden, committed treason by releasing proof of what most Americans already suspected, that their every move is being spied on by their government.
These officials, like Rep. Peter King (R-NY) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), also happen to be the staunchest advocates for destroying the Bill of Rights, the Fourth Amendment in particular. Snowden broke a corporate disclosure contract; these officials broke their oath to the Constitution. Who are the real traitors here?
Director of National Intelligence (DNI), James Clapper, claims that a leaked court document proving the government is colluding with communications companies to spy on Americans causes 'irreversible harm' to national security, and that the leaker should be prosecuted under the Espionage Act.
This is the same James Clapper that lied under oath to Congress when Senator Ron Wyden asked him in a Senate hearing this March, "Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?"
Bradley Manning is facing espionage charges for allegedly revealing war crimes to the public, while the actual war criminals walk around scot-free. There's another case where a hacker who exposed a rapist may face more jail time than the rapist. How did our society become so inverted?
Despite the best efforts by the establishment to make whistleblowers out to dangerous criminals, the real criminals are those who are violating the rights of innocent people in a free society.
What we need now are not more whistleblowers, but more oath keepers to arrest these enemies of America.
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