Tampa August 10, 2013 – Yesterday, President Obama spoke to reporters about his plans to address the growing public outcry over domestic spying programs run by the NSA and other U.S. intelligence agencies. During the press conference, Obama said that he didn’t consider Edward Snowden a patriot. Instead, those doing the spying are the patriots, along with those who have “lawfully raised their voices” to defend civil liberties.
Edward Snowden may have broken the law, but “the law is often but the tyrants will,” as Thomas Jefferson famously said.
Never has that been truer than now, when the law protects lawbreakers and forces defenders of our most sacred principles to seek political asylum in other countries. That anyone would seek asylum from the United States government at all, much less in Russia, would have been the stuff of wild fantasy just a few decades ago. Now, the torture of prisoners, arrest and detention without warrant and even execution without a trial are regarded as commonplace.
President Obama is on the wrong side of history.
Edward Snowden will be remembered as a patriot.
President Obama will be remembered as the first U.S. president to kill an American citizen without a trial. History has a word for that, too.
It isn’t patriot.
This has all happened before. Read my op-ed in The Washington Times on the first Edward Snowden in U.S. history…