Traitor or Truth Teller
How convenient it must be for a tyrannical government to simply stamp “classified” on any number of documents they want to keep from citizens. I understand the need for classified information, but if we allow this perjury by Clapper to go unpunished, what next? Certainly we can’t have live television broadcasting our secrets before the world, and it wouldn’t have been perjury if Clapper simply stated,” I can’t answer that question in this forum due to matters of national security.” Then the correct channels could have been utilized to assess the program’s legitimacy.
The fact that Clapper felt that lying under oath was acceptable creates a constitutional crisis, in my opinion. He should either be tried and, if found guilty, punished to the fullest extent of the law, or resign in disgrace stripped of all benefits and privileges of office. There is no middle ground. He’s either a liar, an incompetent, or a conspirator.
As for Snowden … he exposed P-E-R-J-U-R-Y by those with the power to access every keystroke, random thought, opinion, conversation, or disagreement with the government anyone has had or ever will have. Those calling him a traitor aren’t thinking broadly enough about what he exposed. He exposed a government that has now crossed a very serious red line where they LIE before Congress without hesitation (Clapper, Clinton, Holder, Shulman, Lerner, Sebelius); a government that apparently has no hesitation to do whatever it pleases and without any oversight whatsoever—an absolutely chilling prospect and the very definition of tyranny. They do not fear the Constitution nor, apparently, a rising of the citizenry. How can anyone not see the danger in this kind of behavior in a government? How can anyone miss the implications of this kind of abuse of power? Snowden couldn’t go through “regular” whistle-blower channels because he was gagged with a security clearance that prohibited it. He knew his exposition of this perjury constituted in the minds of tyrants, high treason punishable by death with or without trial. My own opinion is that with this anti-American crowd from the Chicago cesspool, Snowden wouldn’t have made it home much less to court. Snowden knew he would be charged with treason but he also knew he needed to get somewhere safe in order for the truth to get out.
Snowden knew how impenetrable the obstacles were that he and others faced in their effort to legally reveal the extent of their government’s information-gathering. In fact, a handful of Democrats and Republicans have tried for years to get the attention of the rest of Congress, the press and the public they were legally bound not to reveal the details of the intelligence excesses they knew about as overseers of those programs.
Snowden didn’t poke America in the eye at all. He stood up for We The People against an out of control secret tyrannical government. History shows that absolute power corrupts absolutely. And our nation’s government is there.