The little traitor that could, warned Americans and the rest of a world so thankful they didn’t have to endure the celebration of Christ’s birth without his 1984, Orwellian warnings.
But given that the former telephone meta-data NSA sub-contractor sent his message from Russia, having turned over top secret information that puts American national security at risk as well as the lives of many undercover intelligence operatives, wouldn’t the more analogous warning be of him as Alger Hiss, Lee Harvey Oswald or the Rosenbergs?
The message from the babe born in Bethlehem in the first century that we celebrated yesterday was one of Peace on Earth, good will to men and, ultimately, to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Would Jesus have stolen American intelligence data and fled to an enemy in Russia that is allied with the terror states of Iran and Syria? We don’t think so.
Now, out of the mouth of a narcissistic babe, in the 21st Century
Hi, and Merry Christmas.
I’m honored to have the chance to speak with you and your family this year.
Recently, we learned that our governments, working in concert, have created a system of worldwide mass surveillance, watching everything we do.
Great Britain’s George Orwell warned us of the danger of this kind of information. The types of collection in the book — microphones and video cameras, TVs that watch us — are nothing compared to what we have available today. We have sensors in our pockets that track us everywhere we go.
Think about what this means for the privacy of the average person. A child born today will grow up…
If you can stomach the rest of this “Christmas message”, enjoy:
If the U.S. government is caught using the data collected to violate the rights of Americans whether via criminal prosecution, such evidence would be excluded as a violation of the Fourth Amendment and those that abuse the data can be punished and prosecuted. And if Edward Snowden wants to join the conversation he is so proud to have begun, then let him render his objections to NSA law with the dignity of a Martin Luther King Jr. from a Birmingham jail if he thinks his cause is just.
MLK didn’t flee to Russia.