Edward Snowden appeared calm, articulate, and mature. John Kerry on the other hand acted like a spoiled, rich kid – a schoolyard bully questioning the “manhood” of Snowden who he insulted by calling him a coward since he won't immediately come home to face charges. In another sophomoric, juvenile bit of mud slinging Kerry called him stupid. What the jack jawed pompous millionaire government hack doesn't seem to realize is that Snowden isn't near stupid enough to “come home for his fair trial” because no such “fair trial” would ever take place. Kerry can bluster all he wants; he has access to bombs, tanks, and assassins who will kill whomever he wishes. What does Snowden have? Two things: first he has far more common sense than Kerry, and second he has the truth.
Snowden looked quite impressive during his hour long interview with NBC's Brian Williams. He answered hard questions in a calm, gracious and forthright manner. He repeatedly said, “that's a fair question” when asked of his past or his plans. The idea put forth was that Snowden saw senior level intelligence officials taking upon themselves powers that they were never given. And using it to spy on American citizens carte blanche. Liberties we thought we had were a myth. Privacy amounted to nothing. And Snowden did something about it.
When asked why he didn't simply go to his supervisors with his concerns he said he did. Repeatedly. And the NSA should have the emails to prove it. The basic response he got was to stop asking questions. Others implied that they knew it was wrong; but for their own safety they should keep quiet. Snowden eventually figured out that the government he worked for was not the benevolent do-gooder it claimed to be. They were corrupt. They were wicked. And they were spying on everyone in Soviet KGB-like fashion.
Snowden started the process of taking files that could be leaked to news organizations for publication. He says he took things that would not risk lives or cause personal harm to anyone. When pressed by Williams, he said the things you've seen in the news are obviously the type of things I leaked. While the government has made some wild accusations none of them can be proven; and if these deep dark secrets had been given to the press the press would have wasted no time running them.
Corporate whistle blowers are frequently intimidated and silenced. How much more so when you blow the whistle on the United States government, which is one of the largest spy systems in the world. Most Americans are “rah-rah” when they think we're spying on the “Commies” but how about when you find out Obama's goons are reading your text messages? The flag-waving furor subsides just a little bit. Snowden did us a favor by telling us what our dictators are up to. As he stated, numerous government entities have had to change policies based on information Snowden leaked. They really were doing things wrong; but its easier to forget that and make Snowden the scape goat. The problem for them is, he's not going quietly into the night.
“Sometimes the “right” thing is not the “legal” thing” was a statement he made near the end of the interview; and I knew exactly what he meant. If a kid is drowning in a lake and you're standing next to a sign that says “No Swimming!” What do you do? Answer: you break the law and save the kid. When painted into a corner you have to consider the matter of the greater good and act accordingly. Letting the chips fall where they may, which is what Snowden has done. There's a mighty dear price you pay for standing up to “Uncle Sam” and his bully goons like John Kerry. But the Federal government’s gang of rouge outlaws need to be stopped. Here's to hoping other Edward Snowdens are out there now, determining whether or not they'll act like men and yet be called a coward by the biggest coward of them all John Kerry. Name-calling is the petty task of the 8th grade bully. Taking on a corrupt government is the job of a man. Maybe someday Snowden can get back to work in his office; and Kerry can get back to the playground where he belongs.