a reply to: Swills
Snowden should not return to the United States, until or unless a government is formed whose interests are those of the people.
Snowden is a man who recognises that the public interest, and the national interest are two very different concepts. The public interest, the needs
of the population to be informed about threats to their liberty, were served by Snowden making the revelations that he did. The national interest,
that is the desire of the state to be able to operate without scrutiny or effective oversight for its own, automatically invalid reasons, were not
served by his actions, far from it.
Only when the public interest is the only formative factor which shapes the national interest, will it be safe for him to return to the nation he
loves. Much is made of the fact that he has taken residence in Russia. The ill informed point at him at call him a hypocrite for living there, despite
the fact that his passport being cancelled while he was waiting for a flight out, is the only reason he ended up staying as long as he has in the
Holder was a part of a broken machine, a system which does not serve the public, it's interests, or its liberty, freedom, or any similar defining
concept. You will note that those who insist that Snowden faces the legal ramifications of his actions, are very much in love with the law. But in the
same way as the national interest, and the public interest are not like concepts, nor are law and justice. Law is a lumbering idiot, operating by the
numbers, cold, dispassionate, flawed, and crucially is a concept which allows for a thing to only be legal, or illegal. Justice however, is a noble,
perfect concept. It is fast, pure, compassionate, and interested only in what is right, and what is wrong.
Justice absent the fumbling idiocy of law, would find that Snowden is nothing but a patriot, a lover of freedom and liberty, and a staunch defender
of the founding principles of the United States of America. The public interest would be best served by having unfettered access to the resource, the
asset of his mind, his thinking, and his knowledge of how things are done, and how to make systems better for those they are designed to protect,
rather than for those who administrate those programs.
To my mind, America would be better off with Snowden at home, where he can be locally active and galvanise people toward the goal of root and branch
alteration of the priorities, direction, and administration of cyber intelligence operations, where he can be active in trying to motivate people to
demand power be taken from the state and place back where it belongs, in the laps of the population. He understands, better than anyone I have read
the work of in the last twenty years, the importance of freedom and liberty within a society, and crucially, that the greatest threat to any persons
liberty and freedom comes not from death at the hands of terrorism, but being forced to live under excessive observation and control. He understands
that liberty has risks, that those risks are to be taken gladly, and that none should wish to hide away from those risks, if the cost of doing so is
the loss of freedom.
Many of those who seem to be in love with the idea of prosecuting him, seem to think his actions were somehow immoral. If that be the case, then all
the founding fathers of America should be disgraced, and ownership of a copy of the constitution should be a treason offence. One cannot suggest that
one mans insistence on upholding the constitution at all costs, is any more offensive than the creation of the document itself. The reality is, that
Snowden is a hero to anyone who respects the concepts of freedom and liberty, in any nation. If there is a nation on this earth that could find
genuine and not at all political reasons to incarcerate, or even place him on trial, then that nation clearly has lost sight of freedom and liberty as
concepts, leave alone as founding principles.