Snowden Calls Out Obama: The Great Bait and Switch.

“For decades the United States of America has been one of the strongest defenders of the human right to seek asylum. Sadly, this right, laid out and voted for by the U.S. in Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is now being rejected by the current government of my country. The Obama administration has now adopted the strategy of using citizenship as a weapon. Although I am convicted of nothing, it has unilaterally revoked my passport, leaving me a stateless person. Without any judicial order, the administration now seeks to stop me exercising a basic right. A right that belongs to everybody. The right to seek asylum.” – Edward Snowden

“Whistleblower” Edward Snowden put out an official statement yesterday, which detailed his thoughts about his own continued efforts to expose what he sees as privacy violations, but more importantly focused on perceived violations by the United States against his right of asylum.  Here is his full statement in the entirety:

One week ago I left Hong Kong after it became clear that my freedom and safety were under threat for revealing the truth. My continued liberty has been owed to the efforts of friends new and old, family, and others who I have never met and probably never will. I trusted them with my life and they returned that trust with a faith in me for which I will always be thankful.

On Thursday, President Obama declared before the world that he would not permit any diplomatic “wheeling and dealing” over my case. Yet now it is being reported that after promising not to do so, the President ordered his Vice President to pressure the leaders of nations from which I have requested protection to deny my asylum petitions.

This kind of deception from a world leader is not justice, and neither is the extralegal penalty of exile. These are the old, bad tools of political aggression. Their purpose is to frighten, not me, but those who would come after me.

For decades the United States of America has been one of the strongest defenders of the human right to seek asylum. Sadly, this right, laid out and voted for by the U.S. in Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is now being rejected by the current government of my country. The Obama administration has now adopted the strategy of using citizenship as a weapon. Although I am convicted of nothing, it has unilaterally revoked my passport, leaving me a stateless person. Without any judicial order, the administration now seeks to stop me exercising a basic right. A right that belongs to everybody. The right to seek asylum.

In the end the Obama administration is not afraid of whistleblowers like me, Bradley Manning or Thomas Drake. We are stateless, imprisoned, or powerless. No, the Obama administration is afraid of you. It is afraid of an informed, angry public demanding the constitutional government it was promised — and it should be.

I am unbowed in my convictions and impressed at the efforts taken by so many.

Edward Joseph Snowden

The opinions on whether or not Snowden is truly a whistleblower or a traitor range loud and long across the internet.  The most glaring truth that burns brightly to me is how effectively that the Administration has been able to sidestep criticism by the public by staging a media crucifixion of Snowden.  The more we focus on trying to determine his guilt rather than focus on what he exposed- the more effective it is for the guilty parties on our own soil to skitter away without a mark.

We are told to trust the government, and gobble up everything they release, but doubt everything Snowden claims because he ran for his life and based on things he “might” have done.

In reality, this should not be a debate about Snowden, but rather a time of intense scrutiny of United States policy.  The past few years have shown us that anyone trying to reveal secrets about the United States or raise a loud voice against any of our actions at home and abroad is immediately ripped apart by all-too-willing sections of the press; and flown on wings of public opinion kept airborne by past sins – rather than trying to ingest the information at hand.

A nation obsessed with reality TV and blowing up everyone’s lives all over Facebook has set up a network where any detractor can be easily dismissed by one old photograph listed at 3 a.m. by a friend.

Hey this guy dated a stripper, conversation ended with this scumbag

I heard she had sex with a few dudes in college, don’t listen to that whore.

I heard him lie about a job to impress his friends ten years ago, anything he says is crap.

And so it goes, where we trust not those who have only ever been human, and trust so easily a government that we know deals most efficiently and profitably in the business of lies.

Why?

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Author: The Blue Route

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