National security is government’s most important function and our government has failed time and again, fostering, allowing or not stopping Islamic terrorist attacks from Benghazi to Boston. Inversely, the government continues to violate individual rights in the name of protecting Americans, despite government lies, scandals and failures and unsolved mysteries and apparent conspiracies surrounding those infractions against what was once and is no longer a free republic. Today, according to press reports, the United States of America announced that it will close an unspecified number of embassies around the world this Sunday over security concerns. A State Department spokeswoman said the closures are “precautionary,” but she refused to identify the threat or why American embassies are being closed, which underscores that this administration demands total faith, duty and obedience in and to the state.
In this context, a young whistleblower, Edward Snowden, whose cause I was among the first to write favorably about, has exercised his freedom of speech, disclosed certain widespread, unethical applications of the U.S. government’s unconstitutional Patriot Act in spying on Americans, monitoring most or all communications, including social media correspondence and other proprietary content. Snowden took refuge in Hong Kong, granted an interview to the press, was stripped of his U.S. passport, presumed guilty, and fled the Obama administration’s U.S.A. for Moscow, Russia, apparently seeking asylum there. Today, asylum was granted for one year from yesterday.
As I wrote earlier this summer, the relevant issue with Edward Snowden’s asylum acceptance is not what’s wrong with Russia. It’s what’s wrong with America. Here, under the past several but especially the Bush and most especially the Obama administrations, we have near total government control of every aspect of our lives: land, energy, medicine, food, education, insurance, banking, automotive, travel, speech, press and increasingly every other part of life. What Snowden did, defying the U.S. government to disclose information that under normal circumstances in a free republic with government generally performing its proper functions would probably be inappropriate and illegal, is no different than what a policeman in Boston did in disclosing photographs from the investigation into the Islamic terrorist attack on the city’s annual marathon in response to a leftist publication’s cover photo of one of the Islamic terrorists. Yet the cop is seen by many as a hero for acting in defiance of the government while some see Snowden as some sort of traitor.
Whatever the flaws in Snowden’s position, and whatever the motives of Russia’s dictator Putin, the crucial issue is rising U.S. statism not Russia or even Snowden. If Russia’s thugocracy repels you, America’s lost liberty – including the right to communicate without being tracked without cause by the government – ought to horrify you. If Snowden’s comments, acts and ideas alarm you, America’s government’s comments, acts and ideas ought to make you want to scream in outrage. That a government worker – and those who tend to accept whatever the government says should take note of the fact that Snowden was hired by and worked for government – would flee the U.S. to a nation run by a former KGB agent with a corrupt government indicts the current U.S. government. We have no evidence that Snowden is guilty of treason or collaborating with other countries to compromise U.S. interests. We have plenty of evidence that our government, led to our knowledge in this context by two anti-American government officials pictured here, is guilty of both. Those moved by facts, evidence and reason should desist having what amounts to faith in the state and denounce the American government, not the whistleblower or the convenient nation that harbors him.