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Published: Sunday, June 23 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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worf
Mcallen, TX

Snowden is a true patriot.

Since when do employees spy on in their employers and classify the information?

Employees are not to do surveillance on their boss.

They are servants. Not a police force.

Arizona1
Tucson, AZ

Some of these senators appear to be mocking the countries that Snowden has to pass through to avoid extradition. Clearly China, Russia, Cuba, and Venezuela have some very serious corruption/human rights issues, but with recent revelations about the IRS, the Justice Department, the NSA, Benghazi, the Fast and the Furious, and government overreach ad nauseam here in the United States our government seems somewhat hypocritical in its contemptuous overtones.

terra nova
Park City, UT

Given the tendency of those in power to abuse that power... it is difficult to support government programs that infringe on the privacy of citizens who have shown no propensity to criminal activity.

They say, "If you are not talking to terrorists, you have nothing to worry about." In the 1950's the same phrase was used by the followers of Senator Joseph McCarthy, except the word "communist" was used in place of "terrorist."

Has history taught us nothing? Do we not see that totalitarian states always employ means of gathering information on EVERYONE in order to intimidate citizens? Is this what we have become?

10CC
Bountiful, UT

Arizona1:

I think you'll find out that the bi-partisan support for the NSA, the Senators on both sides of the aisle condemning Snowden, the fact that Obama continued a program started by Bush, all will indicate there are some serious external threats within our free society the NSA was protecting us from.

The IRS scandal was about groups seeking tax exemption and not even pretending to comply with the law written for groups who aren't political and only seeking community improvement.

Benghazi and the State Dept scandal were not good, but compared to the real bad guys who seek our demise, the outrage directed at Obama will appear foolish.

We need to get back to the point where Americans are more interested in looking out for America, and not get sucked up into endless political warfare that divides us, allowing our real enemies to exploit because they know we'll turn on each other.

I didn't like parts of the Patriot Act, but it got bipartisan support, so I have to think they had disclosures that weighed heavily in supporting that direction. It wasn't trivial.

Now everyone knows theres more.

Riverton Cougar
Riverton, UT

I hope Snowden knows that Cuba and Venezuela might not be so great for him. Their communist leaders endorsed Obama in the last election, so they might be more friendly to Obama than Snowden thinks.

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

Auspicious movements for a fugitive from justice charged with serious felonies under Federal law. What's remarkable is the capacity for those proclaiming him a patriot to rationalize his auspicious travel itinerary.

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