Today, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham referred to Edward Snowden as a 'villain', which of course begs the question, Who is the real villain in the on-going saga of NSA spies gone wild?
Consider this: for years now, the NSA and other agencies within the shadowy world of Homeland Security have been monitoring the private communications of U.S. citizens on a massive scale. A massive scale. All of this has been done in spite of the Constitutional requirement that such searches must first be preceded by the obtaining of a warrant, which under normal circumstances can only be obtained from a judge after demonstrating reasonable suspicion that a crime has been committed. In this case, however, millions of warrantless, secret searches have been conducted under the authority of the USA-PATRIOT Act. To restate, the federal government has been conducting millions of unconstitutional (and therefore illegal) searches, using legal chicanery to keep their dirty deeds veiled from the public. Compared to this monstrous evil, what did Edward Snowden do that is so terrible?
He told us the truth.
And now, the federal government is using every tool at its disposal to hound and pursue Edward Snowden, including breathing out threats against any country that may offer Mr. Snowden sanctuary.
The words to describe this horrific juxtaposition of justice fail me. We have become a nation where exposing the truth is becoming hazardous to one's health, a nation where those whose duty it is to protect and defend the Constitution now so regularly and thoroughly violate and disregard that document that its supposed limits on the power of the federal government have been rendered null and void.
It is clear to me, at least, who the real villains of this story are. Mr. Graham, you and your fellow cronies are the true enemies of liberty. Lines are being drawn, and you, by your words and actions, are drawing them.
On which side of the line do you stand, dear reader?