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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.
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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.
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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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By Ammohunt on 6/17/2013 1:01:31 PM , Rating: -1
Ron Paul is such a kook man will he ever shutup?

RE: Crazy
By seraphim1982 on 6/17/2013 1:53:51 PM , Rating: 1
How is Ron Paul a kook?
He is just stating how it.....

RE: Crazy
By Ammohunt on 6/17/2013 2:26:19 PM , Rating: 2
Because the suggestion that the US government would kill Edward Snowden with a drone is just plain moronic and sensational. If they wanted to kill him they would have done it long ago in much cheaper and less fantastic ways.

RE: Crazy
By BRB29 on 6/17/2013 2:29:17 PM , Rating: 2
He's already in China, there's a million ways he can die from traffic accidents to "free speech".

RE: Crazy
By jRaskell on 6/17/2013 2:47:06 PM , Rating: 2
So there's nothing sensational about the idea that the US government would just kill Snowden without any sort of due process? It's just sensational that they'd use a drone strike to do it?

I miss the days when I used to think our Constitution actually meant anything.

RE: Crazy
By cyberguyz on 6/19/2013 10:41:21 AM , Rating: 2
Do you seriously believe that this kind of thing does not happen? Snowdoen does and he worked close enough to it to be very aware of what happens in these cases.

Snowden is not stupid. He is smart enough to to know that if he keeps low, he will quietly be disappeared and nobody would be the wiser. By staying as much in the public eye as he can, he makes sure that if anything does happen to him or his family, everybody will know it happened.

A agree a drone strike is like swatting a fly with baseball bat (chances are you gonna hit a lit more than the fly). More likely it will be farmed out to black ops squads to handle quietly and with no one the wiser as soon as it all quiets down.

The U.S. government doesn't need to launch multi-million dollar drones at guys like this when they can drop a few hundred thusand$ to one of their assassin squads to do the job quietly.

RE: Crazy
By BRB29 on 6/19/2013 11:08:36 AM , Rating: 2
so he ran from the US and work with the Chinese who has always been known to be 100x worse with government control than the US. Must also be why millions of Chinese try to migrate to the US every year because there's so much freedom over there.

RE: Crazy
By ritualm on 6/17/2013 4:47:56 PM , Rating: 2
Because the suggestion that the US government would kill Edward Snowden with a drone is just plain moronic and sensational. If they wanted to kill him they would have done it long ago in much cheaper and less fantastic ways.

There's nothing "plain moronic and sensational" about the US government "threatening to" kill Edward Snowden with a drone. The risk is there, and it's a BIG one. Just consider how much due diligence did the US exercise when they sent Special Ops into Pakistan to kill OBL.

As in, none whatsoever...

RE: Crazy
By DougF on 6/18/2013 9:46:30 AM , Rating: 2
Let's see...

OBL: Responsible for planning and supporting operations against the USA and Saudi Arabia. Leader of a known terrorist organization. Sought after for years by every Western intelligence agency. Hidden by Pakistani elements sympathetic to Taliban and Al-Qaida. Chance of being hunted down and killed: 100%

Snowden: Not planning or supporting operations designed to kill anyone. Not leading a terrorist organization. Hiding in a nation that has an effective military and police force and is capable of finding/producing the individual. Chance of being hunted down and killed (let alone by a drone): less than winning the MegaMillions lottery.

Next ludicrous statement?

RE: Crazy
By BRB29 on 6/18/2013 12:14:41 PM , Rating: 2
Doug, this is logic. You will be voted down for that here.

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