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Jun-28-2013 14:06printcomments

Let's Be Very Careful About Who We Call 'Traitor'

The charging of Edward Snowden is intended to intimidate any country that might be considering standing up for his rights.

Sign asking for Snowden's freedom
Courtesy: motherjones.com

(WASHINGTON DC) - It has now been a year since I entered this embassy and sought refuge from persecution.

As a result of that decision, I have been able to work in relative safety from a US espionage investigation. But today, Edward Snowden's ordeal is just beginning.

Two dangerous runaway processes have taken root in the last decade, with fatal consequences for democracy.

Government secrecy has been expanding on a terrific scale.

Simultaneously, human privacy has been secretly eradicated.

A few weeks ago, Edward Snowden blew the whistle on an ongoing program - involving the Obama administration, the intelligence community and the internet services giants - to spy on everyone in the world.

As if by clockwork, he has been charged with espionage by the Obama administration.

The US government is spying on each and every one of us, but it is Edward Snowden who is charged with espionage for tipping us off.

It is getting to the point where the mark of international distinction and service to humanity is no longer the Nobel Peace Prize, but an espionage indictment from the US Department of Justice.

Edward Snowden is the eighth leaker to be charged with espionage under this president.

Bradley Manning's show trial enters its fourth week on Monday.

After a litany of wrongs done to him, the US government is trying to convict him of "aiding the enemy."


The word "traitor" has been thrown around a lot in recent days.

But who is really the traitor here?

Who was it who promised a generation "hope" and "change," only to betray those promises with dismal misery and stagnation?

Who took an oath to defend the US constitution, only to feed the invisible beast of secret law devouring it alive from the inside out?

Who is it that promised to preside over The Most Transparent Administration in history, only to crush whistleblower after whistleblower with the bootheel of espionage charges?

Who combined in his executive the powers of judge, jury and executioner, and claimed the jurisdiction of the entire earth on which to exercise those powers?

Who arrogates the power to spy on the entire earth - every single one of us - and when he is caught red handed, explains to us that "we're going to have to make a choice."

Who is that person?

Let's be very careful about who we call "traitor."

Edward Snowden is one of us.

Bradley Manning is one of us.


They are young, technically minded people from the generation that Barack Obama betrayed.

They are the generation that grew up on the internet, and were shaped by it.

The US government is always going to need intelligence analysts and systems administrators, and they are going to have to hire them from this generation and the ones that follow it.

One day, they will run the CIA and the FBI.

This isn't a phenomenon that is going away.

This is inevitable.

And by trying to crush these young whistleblowers with espionage charges, the US government is taking on a generation, and that is a battle it is going to lose.

This isn't how to fix things.

The only way to fix things is this:

Change the policies.

Stop spying on the world.

Eradicate secret law.

Cease indefenite detention without trial.

Stop assassinating people.

Stop invading other countries and sending young Americans off to kill and be killed.

Stop the occupations, and discontinue the secret wars.

Stop eating the young: Edward Snowden, Barrett Brown, Jeremy Hammond, Aaron Swartz, Gottfrid Svartholm, Jacob Appelbaum, and Bradley Manning.

The charging of Edward Snowden is intended to intimidate any country that might be considering standing up for his rights.

That tactic must not be allowed to work.

The effort to find asylum for Edward Snowden must be intensified.

What brave country will stand up for him, and recognize his service to humanity?

Tell your governments to step forward.

Step forward and stand with Snowden.

Source: Information Clearing House

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article35395.htm

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pinkfloyd June 28, 2013 2:50 pm (Pacific time)

I dont know who to trust anymore..As much as I think obama is worse than bush, he is not the main person to blame. And what is really interesting? There is nothing that assange or snowden "revealed", that myself and many others did not already know. Yes, it was good to get it out in the open and mainstream, but all of this stuff you can find. The things snowden speaks of started a long time ago and clinton was part of it...bush continued, and obama continued. The reason? Is because they are all puppets to the rotchchild banking cartel that took over this country long ago. I sometimes wonder why assange failed to speak any wrongdoings by israel? That is a red flag in itself. I dont know the answers, but I dont go off half-cocked either. Altho I knew 911 was very strange the minute I saw it, I did not speak of it for almost a year, after I got enough info to actually make a somewhat learned decision. Lets calm down a bit and watch things unfold. IMO, time is a truthteller. The MSM will tell you what happened even before they know what day it is. Dont listen to them. Be cautious, do your own research with an open mind, thats my only advice today.

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