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Edward Snowden Is A Hero

“I don’t see myself as a hero,” says Edward Snowden, the man who leaked the secret of the U.S. military’s massive spying against the American people.

I disagree.  Snowden was an insider, and he was comfortably rewarded for going with the flow.  He had a home in Hawaii.  He earned about $200,000 per year.  All he had to do to keep that comfortable life was keep his head down, do his job, and not say anything.

Instead, Snowden chose to do the difficult thing.  He gave up his money.  He gave up his home.  He gave up his comfort.  He did it to warn the American people that our liberty is in danger.

What Snowden has been able to share with the world so far shows that the Obama Administration’s decision to keep following the Big Brother spying policies of George W. Bush is not just a matter of a small sacrifice of privacy for the reassurance of a little security.  It is a matter of basic liberty.  A people who cannot make a telephone call, cannot send a private message, cannot make a simple purchase without the reasonable belief that a government spy is watching, are a people who cannot be truly free.  Democracy cannot survive a surveillance state this titanic in scale.

Like those of us who write for Irregular Times, Edward Snowden once was full of hope that President Obama would undo the massive damage to Americans’ constitutional rights.  It didn’t take long for him to realize that his trust had been misplaced.  Now, he advises us, “You can’t wait around for someone else to act. I had been looking for leaders, but I realised that leadership is about being the first to act.”

As a result of his leadership, Edward Snowden is in serious danger.  He is holed up in Hong Kong, hoping that he will be able to evade his old employers, America’s spymasters.  Snowden has literally put his life on the line, to sound the alarm, so that the American people can know what’s really going on in their country, so that they can act.

Snowden has sacrificed everything to enable you to do your part.  Will you pick up the torch, or will you allow the light of liberty to die?

Americans who care about their liberty will take action.  Tomorrow morning, we will outline some options about where to start.

13 thoughts on “Edward Snowden Is A Hero”

  1. SilverFox says:

    Snowden should be receiving the Freedom Medal instead of being hunted down like an animal. Whatever happened to transparency in America?

    Saw that 2 veterans (an old 65 yr Vietnam vet & a Gulf War I) are walking across America in protest of the freedoms we are losing frm the U.S. Constitution.

    True grit for their courage to walk any US highway fm San Diego to D.C. to once again defend our constitutional freedoms. Cool!! They are now in New Mexico & I support them.

    Be nice if some Internet website would pick them up cause the mainstream media is ignoring this honorable walk. They have courage.

  2. qs says:

    He was a Ron Paul donor in 2012 who voted third party.

  3. Bill says:

    I couldn’t agree more, J; if his claim of responsibility proves true (and there’s no reason I know of to believe otherwise), Snowden is an American hero…something of a Daniel Ellsberg for his generation. The great challenge in effectively opposing overreaching government surveillance of innocent Americans in the name of ‘homeland security’ has been that, because it is secret, we haven’t really known exactly what it was we were opposing, and because it was secret no plaintiff could make any headway against it in the courts, because no complainant could prove to a court that he or she had ‘standing’ — i.e., had been harmed. This insidious Catch-22 has made a mockery of our civil rights. But with one incredibly brave act Snowden has undone all that; we can now, I hope, proceed to kick this cr*p right out of America.

    Personally, I was never much impressed with Bradley Manning’s alleged act, and I’d be happy to see him receive a pretty stiff sentence if he’s found guilty, because what Manning did struck me as being without a point (other than, perhaps, “all secrets are bad,” which is nonsense), and his act displayed what I felt was a breathtakingly childish lack of regard for the proper conduct of diplomacy and even for the very lives of people he had no legitimate beef with. Snowden’s alleged act, however, was quite the opposite: it was strictly to-the-point, it compromised no individual (innocent or otherwise), and its target was a thoroughly illegitimate government activity. I admire the hell out of the guy.

    I would suggest that one action the rest of us could take would be to start, or donate to, a legal defense fund for Snowden. I fear he’s in for one helluva rough ride.

  4. Dave says:

    J., you are correct in calling this a really big story, and also for calling Snowden a hero, but the really BIG story is that the U.K. Guardian, a leftist British newsrag scooped the American press on this, long after Americans should have been making inquiry into the government’s shenanigans. The American press handles Obama with kid gloves, unlike the Brits who have no fear of him. I, for one, read the Brits because they tell me what is going on in my own country, and that is really the big story here.

    1. J. Clifford says:

      To be fair, Dave, the corporate press also treated George W. Bush with kid gloves. The problem is corporate journalism’s excessive deference to authority.

      1. Dave says:

        To really be fair, J., the six remaining media corporations have a left leaning agenda that they believe does not require journalistic integrity. Media moguls apparently meet regulartly with this President to hash out the talking points, what they will tell us and what they will obscure. I don’t recall any such cozy relationship with the White House in the Bush years. (The support of the “press” in his first term after 9/11 one might say was an exception). That said, what sane media person will publish anything to offend a President who will call out the IRS dogs on them? The Brit papers have no reason to fear Obama.
        By the way, this is not a defense of the Bush Presidency, but as long as everyone keeps referring to the PRISM fiasco as the “Obama program that Bush started,” true as it may be, it only plays into the blame Bush excuse making that Obama has done for four years. Obama owns this now.

        1. Anonymous says:

          Are you gonna smoke that, Dave, or pass it?

  5. Eric says:

    A very brave person. Thank you so much for what you have done!

    Everyone, please donate to his legal defense fund. Even $5.00 would help.

    This links to

    Also, if you do not trust the link, you can google, then search for his name on their website.

  6. josey says:

    Snowden is a traitor! – and hopefully will spend many years in prison,
    along with Manning and Greenwald.

    1. J. Clifford says:

      Snowden is a traitor – to the authoritarian bullies that thought they could buy his silence. Snowden is not a traitor to those who seek to restore the integrity of our constitutional rights.

    2. Jim Cook says:

      Josey, try sniffing the air again — after you’ve taken your nose out out of authority’s behind.

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