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Friday, January 3, 2014

January 3, 2014, Time to Start Cleaning House in America.

Dear Mr. President,
The New York Times, defender of the status quo and the Obama Administration, signaled a major shift in attitude in an editorial yesterday saying Edward Snowden has done the country (and the world) a great service by exposing the criminal activity of the NSA—violating privacy laws, lying to Congress, the FISA court and We the People—and calling on you to instruct your aides to stop vilifying him and either grant clemency or reduce charges. (In my opinion, there should be no charges and/or a pardon, although you have shown little compassion for others or for correcting injustice.) The disparity of justice in America could not be clearer than the government’s treatment of Snowden—ludicrously charged with espionage and theft—compared to Clapper, guilty of lying to Congress, a felony, but no charges and still in a position of power. The editorial quotes you at an August press conference: “If the concern was that somehow this was the only way to get this information out to the public, I signed an executive order well before Mr. Snowden leaked this information that provided whistle-blower protection to the intelligence community for the first time,…So there were other avenues available…” But, the editors point out, the law you signed did not apply to contractors like Snowden. How typical of you to tell half-truths. You also said he should have reported his concerns to his supervisors. He did, but they ignored him, for they saw no violation of law. Come home and face justice, you and other Snowden critics say, but even the Times knows better: “When someone reveals that government officials have routinely and deliberately broken the law, that person should not face life in prison at the hands of the same government.” It took the Times seven months to finally get it right. Rather, part of it right. The rest of it? That government officials like Clapper who break laws with no regard for truth or justice are the ones who should be tried as criminals. That those congressional representatives who protect the criminal class of government officials, like Boehner, Feinstein and Rogers, should be recalled and removed from office for failure to uphold their oath of office. And finally, that the President himself should be impeached for High Crimes and Misdemeanors, for war crimes, for crimes against humanity and for failure to uphold the Constitution and guard the rights and protections it provides. January 3, 2014, time to start cleaning house in America.

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