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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6/18/2013 9:44:32 AM
While I tend to take anything that Ron Paul has to say with a pound of salt.
If Snowden, as an NSA agent had leaked sensitive information, then he could indeed be committing treason by simply making America's secrets available to its enemies.
Because of the higher security levels required, Agencies such as the NSA do not swear the same oaths as the military. Because they are privy to much more sensitive information, pretty much
inside information they learn is treated as top secret. Also because of this, they sign contractual documents
that absolutely restricts them from saying anything at all about what it is they do. In a government agency, breach of this contract could be very well counted as treason, and be punishable by a death sentence.
Now that said, even Saddam Hussein got a trial and was not simply executed out of hand. The use of drones or even black ops hit squads to take this guy out would very much violate this man's constitutional right to trial by a jury of his peers. Traitor or not, Snowden is a citizen if the United States and
the U.S. constitution guarantees him a right to a trial
-- even if it would be a formality.
6/18/2013 4:35:56 PM
Don't confuse the military oath of enlistment with the security agreement people sign to work in the "Intelligence" world. Even US military members assigned to such duties have to sign the same documents. Intentional violation of those security agreements in any way will carry the loss of said security status and depending on how damaging it is, jail time. There's nothing "legal" about leaking classified information.
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