I haven’t written much on Edward Snowden, though in this article it will be Snowden that presents his writing, warning Americans that the Obama administration is afraid of them. My thoughts on what he did are simple. I think he did the right thing in exposing government snooping where it had no business doing so. I believe I’m right on that because little attention by the media is being given to the corruption and more has been focused on Snowden and his former “pole dancing” girlfriend and his life than the real issue: The very real possibility that the Federal government is trampling all over the Fourth Amendment, along with other parts of the Constitution.
It’s even to the point that it’s almost becoming a soap opera. Don’t believe me? Take a look at femme fatale Russian spy Anna Chapman’s tweet proposing marriage to him, which has gone through the media.
Snowden, will you marry me?!
— Anna (@ChapmanAnna) July 3, 2013
With that said, though Snowden apparently did say he would not release confidential documents while in the service he was in, I must say that I consider his actions patriotic, as they were exposing what appears to be government corruption and violations of the law, specifically the Fourth Amendment. You don’t keep your mouth shut if you believe people are involved in criminal activity, especially your own government.
As such, he is a threat to the current regime.
With that said, Snowden released this statement via Wikileaks on July 1, 2013.
One week ago I left Hong Kong after it became clear that my freedom and safety were under threat for revealing the truth. My continued liberty has been owed to the efforts of friends new and old, family, and others who I have never met and probably never will. I trusted them with my life and they returned that trust with a faith in me for which I will always be thankful.
On Thursday, President Obama declared before the world that he would not permit any diplomatic “wheeling and dealing” over my case. Yet now it is being reported that after promising not to do so, the President ordered his Vice President to pressure the leaders of nations from which I have requested protection to deny my asylum petitions.
This kind of deception from a world leader is not justice, and neither is the extralegal penalty of exile. These are the old, bad tools of political aggression. Their purpose is to frighten, not me, but those who would come after me.
For decades the United States of America have been one of the strongest defenders of the human right to seek asylum. Sadly, this right, laid out and voted for by the U.S. in Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is now being rejected by the current government of my country. The Obama administration has now adopted the strategy of using citizenship as a weapon. Although I am convicted of nothing, it has unilaterally revoked my passport, leaving me a stateless person. Without any judicial order, the administration now seeks to stop me exercising a basic right. A right that belongs to everybody. The right to seek asylum.
In the end the Obama administration is not afraid of whistleblowers like me, Bradley Manning or Thomas Drake. We are stateless, imprisoned, or powerless. No, the Obama administration is afraid of you. It is afraid of an informed, angry public demanding the constitutional government it was promised — and it should be.
I am unbowed in my convictions and impressed at the efforts taken by so many.
Edward Joseph Snowden
It’s ironic that the man who exposed a tyrannical government is now fleeing for his life outside of America during a time when America remembers her independence.
Tim Brown is the Editor of Freedom Outpost and a regular contributor to The D.C. Clothesline.