NSA Leaker May be Killed in Drone Strike Says Ron Paul
June 17, 2013 11:18 AM
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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
leaker Edward Snowden
of "Act(s) of Treason" for
revealing U.S. efforts to spy on foreigners
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
, "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
Good Morning America
, "He's a traitor."
Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) and others suggest Snowden is a national security threat and must be silenced. [Image Source: CNN]
U.S. Rep. Peter T. King
, "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.
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
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 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?"
Ron Paul [on Fox News]
Guardian [Snowden Q&A]
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6/17/2013 2:47:06 PM
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.
6/19/2013 10:41:21 AM
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.
6/19/2013 11:08:36 AM
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.
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