May 29, 2014

Snowden Is No Patriot

His actions are antithetical to his words.

Edward Snowden, from his perch in Russia, claims, “Being a Patriot doesn’t mean prioritizing service to government above all else. Being a Patriot means knowing when to protect your country, your Constitution, your countrymen from the violations and encroachments of adversaries. And those adversaries don’t have to be foreign countries. They can be bad policies. They can be officials who need a little more accountability. They can be mistakes of government and simple overreach and things should have never been tried or that went wrong.” In principle, of course, Snowden is correct, and his words resonate with all Patriots and civil libertarians who support our Constitution and Rule of Law. However, his actions were, and remain, antithetical to his words. A genuine Patriot would have started by knocking on the door of a Libertarian like Sen. Rand Paul, rather than carrying a boat-load of intelligence data, exposing methods and capabilities, to China and Russia – data which had nothing to do with his Fourth Amendment concerns. According to our sources, intelligence assets in the Middle East and Asia (human assets), have been evacuated because Snowden’s information exposed their covers. Was his intent to betray his oath and our nation by providing our adversaries with this information? The only way to conclude that was not his intent is to assume he is either incredibly naive or delusional, or both. Either way, Snowden is no Patriot. There is a clear distinction between civil disobedience in support of Liberty, and Snowden’s acts of treason. In the words of George Washington, “Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.” (From our Publisher, Mark Alexander)

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