In the days following Edward Snowden’s act revealing the government’s unconstitutional spying on American citizens via the vile PRISM program, it has been widely debated whether the man is a hero or a traitor (I personally agree with Ron Paul that the man should be hailed as a savior of the people). Naturally, scumbags such as the supporters of the NSA such as Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein [D-Calif.] who is against us having guns (shocker!) but for monitoring everything we do (what a coincidence!) and neocons including the despicable John Boehner have stated vehemently that the man is a traitor against his country, and should be tried as such. Maniacal screams of “off with his head” will surely follow from that camp.
The Obama administration surely sees him as a traitor, as Obama’s goons have prosecuted whistleblowers at an unprecedented rate, and has, in less than 2 terms, prosecuted more (6) than all previous presidents combined (3).
However, the man who originally introduced the legislation (The Patriot Act) that technically allowed the government to enact this atrocity against its citizens, Jim Sensenbrenner, has taken up the banner of Edward Snowden. From the National Review:
In an interview on Laura Ingraham’s radio show Wednesday morning, the Republican congressman from Wisconsin reiterated his concerns that the administration and the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court have gone far beyond what the PATRIOT Act intended. Specifically, he said that Section 215 of the act “was originally drafted to prevent data mining” on the scale that’s occurred.
Sensenbrenner, the current chairman on the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations, suggested that the secret nature of the FISA court has prevented appropriate congressional oversight over the NSA’s activities.
When asked whether he agreed with those in Washington calling leaker Edward Snowden a traitor, Sensenbrenner responded, “No, I don’t agree,” and said that he would not have known the extent of abuse by the FISA court and the NSA without Snowden’s disclosures.
The congressman has earlier said he believes the PATRIOT Act needs to be amended to protect Americans’ privacy.
The man who introduced the bill is saying this. I mean, seriously, if Sensenbrenner is coming out on the side of Snowden you know things have gone too far. It’s always entertaining (and frightening) to hear how twisted bills can get over time as they are distorted through different political lenses by unscrupulous or stupid people. I’m not saying that even in its pristine form that the Patriot Act was a good thing. Far from it. But compared to the monstrosity it’s become, and the liberties taken with its language against Americans, I’d have no choice but to prefer the initial offering. I’d also like to point out that I am no fan of Sensenbrenner, nor his Real ID act, nor many other actions of his.
It brings to mind the constant degradation of another document…The Constitution, which some people argue is out of date and that the original writers meant “this” or “that,” as they strip away our freedoms due to misguided interpretations. This is a very current example of what has been happening over the course of two-plus decades in this country – and this has happened in only 12 short years.