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If he effects some actual change then that should be taken into account when he is eventually caught and result in a lesser or no sentence at all.
If he uses this info to benefit himself or it turns out to be an op for some other country or something less noble then he should face the full measure of the law.
As it stand currently I think we need to see the end game before passing judgement about this story.
reply to post by whyamIhere
What difference does it make, seriously?
These scumbag politicians can say and do whatever they want with certainty of impunity. What is going to happen? Is the other equally corrupt party going to make the cable news rounds admonishing them? Yeah that will show them. Is she going to, in the odd chance, be voted out office with a pension and guaranteed lobbying position? Oh yeah feel it. Another feckless hearing? Get em Issa.
These scumbags act with impunity because they have it. Those tasked with holding our officials accountable have failed. The first line of defense, the other party, is one in the same. And the next, the oath keepers, hello oath keepers do you exist outside the binary codes of chat rooms?
That's why we're here and nothing will change. The world burns with passion and fire for justice. The streets are on fire. And here in the "home of the brave" our nation is already gone without even a whimper.
edit on 25-1-2014 by slunteri because: (no reason given)
Having followed Snowden story with some interest, the following can be stated:
The facts of the case are very simple, Snowden, is not a traitor. He is a criminal, he did break the law and violated the laws on revealing secret information to the public. For that he should be punished for and face a public trial, where all of the evidence is out in the open for the public and a jury to decide on his guilt or innocence. Not the congress, not the executive branch, nor the federal government, save the judicial branch of the government, for that is their mandate and obligation.
reply to post by madmac5150
So, when does Nancy Pelosi get to "face the music" when it come to her treasonous actions? She has done far more to ruin this country than Snowden ever thought of...
He did not break any 'law' What he did was to expose those who were already breaking the law under their given mandate, that makes anything he did outside the scope of 'classified' You cannot 'classify' something by a nod and a wink when acting illegally.
He knew the rules going into this and willingly violated them.
I was told when getting clearance to keep my mouth shut, but this didn't include hiding blatantly illegal activities by not saying
Maybe he did, I would hope he did. At the end of the day, you can argue what he did was some sort of crime all day long but by doing so your are missing the MUCH larger point in the debate.
Outing criminals is not a crime.