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Ron Paul says U.S. Gov’t Considers its Citizens to be the Enemy
The U.S. government now considers Snowden to be a fugitive from justice who will be charged with espionage once he is extradited, if ever, back to U.S. soil. Snowden is on the run and seeking asylum reportedly in Ecuador.
But Ron Paul disputes that notion. Espionage is a crime involving divulging government secrets to the enemy, not to U.S. citizens. And since Snowden is not even suspected of sending U.S. secrets to our enemies, then he could not be guilty of espionage in any way whatsoever.
The problem with the government’s case against Snowden is manifold. So far the only thing he has done is to release information proving that the NSA spied on U.S. citizens to the tune of hundreds of millions, all without due process of law, proper court warrants, or probable cause. Neither were these citizens suspected of crimes. Thus, Snowden has shown that the U.S. government engaged in illegal activity that, according to the definition of term the Framers used in the Constitution, qualifies as “tyranny” or “despotism.”
In short, the government broke a string of Constitutional laws in conducting a massive spy operation on American citizens.
Even Republicans have joined Democrats in condemning Snowden, in addition to the Obama administration. But why? Are they saying that it is a crime for a government whistleblower to disclose to the American people that their government is not only engaging in illegal activity but that the target of this illegal activity is the citizens themselves?
This should be the stuff of front page news.
But once again the usual suspects in the Republican Party have joined Democrats and the Obama administration in dismantling, plank by plank, the precepts of this Constitutional Republic. Not only should elected officials such as McCain, Graham, Boehner, and McConnell be ousted from office but they should be hanging their heads in shame along with Obama, Hillary, Kerry, Reid, Schumer, Pelosi, and Feinstein.
Paul goes one step further, however, in sealing the true nature of the views of these charlatans for all of posterity. He declared, “My understanding is that espionage means giving secret or classified information to the enemy. Since Snowden shared information with the American people, his indictment for espionage could reveal (or confirm) that the U.S. government views you and me as the enemy.”