a reply to: darkbake
I find such comment from John Kerry to be somewhat hypocritical.
For a start, let us consider the position from which he speaks. He is speaking as a well defended member of his political party, and as a highly
placed member of the government. He will, after being involved in politics for as long as he has been, have various skeletons in his closet. The thing
which separates him from the people, and indeed Mr Snowden, is that his skeletons, his secrets are protected by the state, so that the state can
continue to run with the APPEARANCE of legitimacy and moral solidarity.
Mr Snowden, who spoke his truth without such protections, and was called a criminal for doing so, cannot be called out as unpatriotic in this
instance. I can think of no greater act of patriotism, than to prevent the justice system being further discredited by being involved with the US
governments attempts to prosecute Mr Snowden, by entirely avoiding that system. If he IS ever tried in a US court, that would be the day that any last
shred of validity or moral strength left in that over monied institution, evaporates and dissipates into the air.
You see, if Mr Snowden is even ARRESTED, or placed before a court, that would indicate one very dark and suspicious thing about the government who
are so aggravated by him. It would indicate that when one catches one nation doing something very wrong, that the ill behavior is institutional, that
when every "legitimate" attempt has been made to alert the higher authorities to the issue has been met with a stone wall, the only option one has
is to either accept it, or become a criminal in the eyes of your government.
Now, people, this is not a message that ANY government should be sending its citizens. I would argue, that a government which is doing a good job of
representing the wishes of its citizens, would not be a) spying on the people without their express consent, and b) would not, therefore, be able to
be accused of spying by contractors in its intelligence industry.
John Kerry may have a history for which many applaud him, but I believe that a person should not just be judged on their actions (if at all) but
specifically judged on their actions on a given day, or on a given topic. Mr Kerry could have saved the world a thousand times with one hand tied
behind his back and a leg missing, but if he continues to behave toward Mr Snowden in both such a dismissive manner, and at the same time such a
covetous and possessive manner, and if he brings about Snowdens being prosecuted at any time in the future, he will invalidate all the positive things
he has ever done for his country, in one glorious balls up.
Snowden is the only patriot related to the story he broke. He told the truth, he alerted the people of the USA to the down right underhanded behavior
of its own government, when the atmosphere surrounding the projects which partook of the fruits of that poisonous tree was one of extreme secrecy,
despite the fact that these systems and projects were clearly being used in a way which runs counter to the freedom and liberty for which America is
world famous, and which many Americans seem to still have a fierce respect and desire for.
A patriot is not a person who does what they are told. A patriot, is someone who does what is right, and for many Americans, indeed many citizens of
THE PLANET, there is no greater act of patriotism than the example set by Mr Snowden.
He saw that something was very wrong, he let people know, and he did so despite the fact, that he knew that it would probably lead to him being
unable to remain in the nation in which his life had thus far played out. He knew he would probably have to leave EVERYTHING he had ever worked for,
loved, cherished, or enjoyed, because the people for whom he had been working would never let him utter the truth without trying to prosecute him for
it. He did it anyway, he spoke the truth, and people heard, and sure enough, such is the anger being expressed toward him from the less informed
quarters of society, and indeed from virtually every echelon of government, that to return home would be damned near suicidal.
The hardship he has put himself through to ensure that the truth got out, and continues to be heard I might add, is a feat which many people would
simply shy away from, and in fact, many people before him had done exactly that.
Here is a revelation that Mr Kerry ought to pay attention to. The unpatriotic people in this scenario, would be the people who started the project
which caused all the fuss in the first place, the people who signed off on it, the people who worked on the project before Snowden who did not
announce its existence to the world, and indeed, the people who continue to work on the project, and the people who act on the intelligence gained
thereby as well.
This part of my post is directed toward Kerry himself:
I am not a citizen of your nation, I am a citizen of the UK. However, right and wrong do NOT change dependent on ones geographical location, and as
such I feel I must warn you of something.
When you stopped fighting wars as a soldier, you came home and began fighting battles as a politician. I am sure that you believe you have done good
work in your life, in both those roles, and you have been called a patriot over the years, because of those things. However, while you have fought for
your nations physical security as a warrior, and for your nations political security as a member of its political establishment, you are fighting
AGAINST the spirit of your own country, and against the wishes of the people.
Snowden fights for the spirit of your nation, and one can only assume that you have either lost sight of the right and wrong of the situation, or
that you have ceased to care what the right and wrong of the matter is. Suffice to say, that a land of freedom and liberty cannot stand as such if it
secretly invades the privacy of its citizens, and any system which seeks to do such a thing is unpatriotic. Revealing the existence of such a project
is the moral imperative of any individual who believes in the spirit of your nation. You would be better off accepting that, and stopping this
pathetic whining, just because your government has been caught doing a great wrong.
What you, and the entire political establishment in Washington SHOULD do, is frankly apologise for the creation of this system, shut it down, the
members of the government who signed off on it should resign, and you should apologise for your treatment of the ONLY patriot in the command chain of