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  (Source: Defense Ministry of Pakistan)
Obama has defended the use of drone killings to protect "security"; Snowden does livestream Q&A

Given that the Obama administration and its Republican "frienemies" have accused U.S. National Security Administration (NSA) leaker Edward Snowden of "Act(s) of Treason" for revealing U.S. efforts to spy on foreigners (PRISM) and track the locations/call records of 99 percent of Americans (FISA court orders), some wonder how far the nation will go to silence further leaks.

I. Democrats, Republicans: Snowden is "Traitor", Risk to "National Security"

Both parties seem relatively united in condemning Mr. Snowden as a "traitor" to his country for leaking the details on the government's efforts to erode citizens' Constitutional freedom to live their lives in privacy -- even as civil liberties groups call him a patriot.

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) states, "What Edward Snowden did amounts to an Act of Treason."

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), reiterates, "I don't look at this as being a whistle-blower, I think it's an act of treason.  He took an oath - that oath is important. He violated the oath, he violated the law. It's an act of treason in my view."

Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) told Good Morning America, "He's a traitor."

Rep. Peter Kin
Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) and others suggest Snowden is a national security threat and must be silenced. [Image Source: CNN]

And U.S. Rep. Peter T. King (R-New York) comments, "I think action should be taken, especially on something of this magnitude.  I think something on this magnitude..  compromises national security."

II. Obama Administration: Drone Deaths Strikes OK to Protect National Security

The U.S. may have a difficult time extricating Mr. Snowden given that he's holed up at a safe house in a secret location in Hong Kong, China.  And given that some of his leaks reveal details of programs the U.S. used to spy on China, Chinese officials are reportedly hesitant to hunt him down.

The Obama Administration's Attorney General (AG) Eric Holder and President Obama have already endorsed the use of drone death strikes to kill Americans in "extreme" cases where "national security" is threatened.  Given the harsh rhetoric from both Congressional Democrats and Republicans (and the White House) some fear that Mr. Snowden could soon be targeted by such a strike, if his location is determined.

Predator missile
Some top officials believe the U.S. may use a drone death strike on Snowden.
[Image Source: Drone Wars UK]

Mr. Snowden appears to be still alive and well -- he is doing a live-stream Q&A today at 11 a.m. EST.

III. Rep. Paul Warns of Death Strike Possibility

Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), who is among the few in Congress to condemn the spying and praised Mr. Snowden's whistleblowing, voiced this concern telling Fox Business News, "I’m worried about somebody in our government might kill him with a cruise missile or a drone missile.  I mean we live in a bad time where American citizens don’t even have rights and that they can be killed, but the gentlemen is trying to tell the truth about what’s going on."

Ron Paul debates Obama
Ron Paul says that the spying was "certainly not patriotic" and was a victory for terrorists.
[Image Source: AP]

Rep. Paul has sounded the alarm in recent years about what he views as growing collusion between the Republican and Democratic parties to funnel money to special interests, build a military complex, and strip Americans of their Constitutional freedoms.

He stated during the 2012 election, "Democracy isn't all that healthy in this country because if you're in a third party... you don't get in the debates... And if you ever come to the conclusion -- heaven forbid -- that the two parties aren't all that different, then what is left really?"

Sources: Ron Paul [on Fox News], Guardian [Snowden Q&A]

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RE: As usual
By Crazylocha on 6/17/2013 12:50:20 PM , Rating: 1
Americans database/access portal.

Still violated. Anything he has seen/heard/etc. qualifies once that document is signed. Level he was at, sure he has a few NATO's, ComPacWest, Australian, and on and on.

You could leap enough faith for the initial "patriotism" vs. big brother argument first time around.

This ...


7 figures by the end of day, 8 by Friday?
Try to remember he was trained at a European Spy station.

Julain Assange he is not. He was alphabet soup. He knows the deal. You don't carry a gps locater beacon onto a nuclear sub without expecting to get flushed out a torpedo tube.

RE: As usual
By BRB29 on 6/17/2013 12:53:14 PM , Rating: 2
the crazy part in your name is right.

RE: As usual
By Crazylocha on 6/17/2013 1:28:00 PM , Rating: 2
From June 3rd..
"US Puts Bounties on West African Terror Suspects"

The State Department announced on Monday that it was offering up to $23 million for information leading to the locations of top officials
The single-biggest bounty, of up to $7 million, is for the leader of Boko Haram, a Nigeria-based group held responsible for numerous attacks

So what is Snowden worth among how many countries? How monitored was his I.P. for that Guardian Live interview today? Read some of the transcripts, he knows ;)

RE: As usual
By BRB29 on 6/17/2013 1:34:52 PM , Rating: 2
Snowden leaked a document about information many people already knew about for years.

West African Terror Suspects committed numerous terrorist attacks.

You're the only one crazy enough to even think it's the same.

You seem to quote whatever makes your point. Lol like the UK law when we're talking about the US.

RE: As usual
By Fritzr on 6/18/2013 9:20:53 PM , Rating: 2
Snowden -- Target of US covert intelligence
African Leaders -- Target of US covert intelligence

The difference being that the latter had a publicly announced bounty with instructions on how to collect.

A public announcement is not needed for Snowden
He has pissed off US covert intelligence
He has pissed off UK covert intelligence

Both have a history of erasing embarrassments. Mercenaries, informers and foreign intelligence agencies who suspect he might know something they wish to keep quiet will be quietly contacting appropriate agencies if they think they have a lead. Whether US or UK want to follow up is irrelevant, it will be assumed that they would like to put an end to the public statements.

RE: As usual
By Fritzr on 6/18/2013 9:14:41 PM , Rating: 2
Quiet removal of "problems" has been a CIA responsibility beginning in the days when the organization was called OSS.

It is rarely heard of in public notices since it is illegal, done by undercover 'assets', often using devices that "do not exist". And yes when the government has a chance to control the investigation, the official verdict is "natural causes" or "random killing, probably gang related" depending on how the operation was conducted.

The practice is known as wetwork.

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