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In the United States of America, what if major figures of the national security/surveillance state began to turn on an American and brand him or her, "traitor," and then try to imprison him for the rest of his life?
That's exactly what's happening as Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower, is now targeted for arrest as he hides out in Hong Kong, some speculate.
In any event, Snowden is a hero and clueless miscreants in this democracy—such as congressional intelligence chairs Mike Rogers and Dianne Feinstein—have met expectations as having little to no conception of what the role of liberty is and what the status of citizens means in this democratic republic.
"If you realize that that’s the world you helped create and it is going to get worse with the next generation and the next generation and extend the capabilities of this architecture of oppression, you realize that you might be willing to accept any risks and it doesn’t matter what the outcome is," Snowden said.
Glenn Greenwald, Ewen MacAskill and Laura Poitras report:
The individual responsible for one of the most significant leaks in US political history is Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old former technical assistant for the CIA and current employee of the defence contractor Booz Allen Hamilton. Snowden has been working at the National Security Agency for the last four years as an employee of various outside contractors, including Booz Allen and Dell.Few expect Snowden's revelations to spark a debate on secrecy and secret surveillance of Americans in a democracy to occur in Congress, widely reviled by the U.S. population as a near-worthless institution.
On May 20, he boarded a flight to Hong Kong, where he has remained ever since. He chose the city because 'they have a spirited commitment to free speech and the right of political dissent,' and because he believed that it was one of the few places in the world that both could and would resist the dictates of the US government.
But the spectacle of a scandal is forcing many in the US media to address matters that Snowden brings to the attention of our society, as Congress, Rogers and Feinstein demonstrate their lack of any substantial value.
Here is a link to the words of Snowden.
I'm rooting for Snowden.
And from RT (formerly Russia Today):