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Snowden's Dad SCHOOLS Obama, Pelosi, and Holder in Open Letter

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Dear Mr. President:

You are acutely aware that the history of liberty is a history of civil disobedience to unjust laws or practices. As Edmund Burke sermonized, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”

Civil disobedience is not the first, but the last option. Henry David Thoreau wrote with profound restraint in Civil Disobedience: “If the injustice is part of the necessary friction of the machine of government, let it go, let it go: perchance it will wear smooth certainly the machine will wear out. If the injustice has a spring, or a pulley, or a rope, or a crank, exclusively for itself, then perhaps you may consider whether the remedy will not be worse than the evil; but if it is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law. Let your life be a counter friction to stop the machine.”

Thoreau’s moral philosophy found expression during the Nuremburg trials in which “following orders” was rejected as a defense. Indeed, military law requires disobedience to clearly illegal orders.

A dark chapter in America’s World War II history would not have been written if the then United States Attorney General had resigned rather than participate in racist concentration camps imprisoning 120,000 Japanese American citizens and resident aliens.

Civil disobedience to the Fugitive Slave Act and Jim Crow laws provoked the end of slavery and the modern civil rights revolution.


We submit that Edward J. Snowden’s disclosures of dragnet surveillance of Americans under § 215 of the Patriot Act, § 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Amendments, or otherwise were sanctioned by Thoreau’s time-honored moral philosophy and justifications for civil disobedience. Since 2005, Mr. Snowden had been employed by the intelligence community. He found himself complicit in secret, indiscriminate spying on millions of innocent citizens contrary to the spirit if not the letter of the First and Fourth Amendments and the transparency indispensable to self-government. Members of Congress entrusted with oversight remained silent or Delphic. Mr. Snowden confronted a choice between civic duty and passivity. He may have recalled the injunction of Martin Luther King, Jr.: “He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it.” Mr. Snowden chose duty. Your administration vindictively responded with a criminal complaint alleging violations of the Espionage Act.

From the commencement of your administration, your secrecy of the National Security Agency’s Orwellian surveillance programs had frustrated a national conversation over their legality, necessity, or morality. That secrecy (combined with congressional nonfeasance) provoked Edward’s disclosures, which sparked a national conversation which you have belatedly and cynically embraced. Legislation has been introduced in both the House of Representatives and Senate to curtail or terminate the NSA’s programs, and the American people are being educated to the public policy choices at hand. A commanding majority now voice concerns over the dragnet surveillance of Americans that Edward exposed and you concealed. It seems mystifying to us that you are prosecuting Edward for accomplishing what you have said urgently needed to be done!

The right to be left alone from government snooping–the most cherished right among civilized people—is the cornerstone of liberty. Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson served as Chief Prosecutor at Nuremburg. He came to learn of the dynamics of the Third Reich that crushed a free society, and which have lessons for the United States today.

Writing in Brinegar v. United States, Justice Jackson elaborated:

    The Fourth Amendment states: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

These, I protest, are not mere second-class rights but belong in the catalog of indispensable freedoms. Among deprivations of rights, none is so effective in cowing a population, crushing the spirit of the individual and putting terror in every heart. Uncontrolled search and seizure is one of the first and most effective weapons in the arsenal of every arbitrary government. And one need only briefly to have dwelt and worked among a people possessed of many admirable qualities but deprived of these rights to know that the human personality deteriorates and dignity and self-reliance disappear where homes, persons and possessions are subject at any hour to unheralded search and seizure by the police.

We thus find your administration’s zeal to punish Mr. Snowden’s discharge of civic duty to protect democratic processes and to safeguard liberty to be unconscionable and indefensible.

We are also appalled at your administration’s scorn for due process, the rule of law, fairness, and the presumption of innocence as regards Edward.

On June 27, 2013, Mr. Fein wrote a letter to the Attorney General stating that Edward’s father was substantially convinced that he would return to the United States to confront the charges that have been lodged against him if three cornerstones of due process were guaranteed. The letter was not an ultimatum, but an invitation to discuss fair trial imperatives. The Attorney General has sneered at the overture with studied silence.

We thus suspect your administration wishes to avoid a trial because of constitutional doubts about application of the Espionage Act in these circumstances, and obligations to disclose to the public potentially embarrassing classified information under the Classified Information Procedures Act.

Entry #633

Comments

1.
JAP69Comment by JAP69 - July 29, 2013, 3:31 pm
And the government is asking for all passwords and password security codes from websites.
They will be able to read anything you write and to whom written where ever it is.
2.
JAP69Comment by JAP69 - July 29, 2013, 3:35 pm
Feds tell Web firms to turn over user account passwords
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57595529-38/feds-tell-web-firms-to-turn-over-user-account-passwords/

excerpt:
Secret demands mark escalation in Internet surveillance by the federal government through gaining access to user passwords, which are typically stored in encrypted form.
3.
rdgrnrComment by rdgrnr - July 29, 2013, 4:33 pm
Where's all the Democrats who were screaming bloody murder about the Patriot Act under Bush?
Are they ok with a police state spying on them all of a sudden?
Hypocrites all.
4.
Lucky LoserComment by Lucky Loser - July 29, 2013, 5:15 pm
Who started this NSA deal? How long has Snowden been with 'em? Why did he wait all this time before shouting, "FOUL!!!" Let's go back to the inception of this whole thing, see what was being done then, who was involved and running the show, and I'd bet we'd lots more people in hot water. Some people are trying to protect others while the present shot callers are taking the heat...for the same thing.
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MADDOG10Comment by MADDOG10 - July 29, 2013, 9:21 pm
Christ who gives a rat's Azz when he started or how long he's been there. The breach of security only undermined the work that this government is doing to it's citizen's. They don't want Snowden back for a trial, because then all the frauds would be exposed. Obama, holder, etc,etc and the list would go on. A federal trial would sink him and his cronies even further than they already are.......
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Comment by lilluv - July 29, 2013, 10:55 pm
Snowden "s father need to STFU ,where hell was he when his tradior son in China and Russia spilling his guts about the secret of this country defense programs.We know about whistle blower which is good thing ,but this has gone beyond the bounds of whistle blower. They should have a drone looking for his a$$. He a TRAITOR to the core.
7.
Lucky LoserComment by Lucky Loser - July 30, 2013, 10:32 am
(1) It does matter how long he's been there because, otherwise," did he just NOW developed a conscious about it?" Hardly. (2) I'm sure we all know that this NSA goes back at least (10) years to Bush and Cheney...both of which called him a traitor. Boehner and a couple of others said the same thing. So, here we have another classic scenario where big brother is so bad and get's slammed all while Boehner and company pretty much support big brother's operations...and no one wants to drop kick him, Bush, or Cheney. See, pick and choose again based on party.

THIS is how (R) keep their people at base because they know that their people only want to do one thing...HATE the (D)'s at any cost. Like I said elsewhere, take off the Pampers and pull up the Wranglers. Try drop kicking your own leaders to make 'em straighten up instead of being 'yes men'.

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