I actually find this pretty funny. A Fighter Jet? After a “might be” leaker/whistleblower/spy/hacker/hero/traitor? Wow.
Obama: US won’t send fighter jets to intercept Snowden flights
Edited time: June 27, 2013 14:13
The US will not try to intercept NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s flight, President Barack Obama said during his tour to Africa.
Obama announced that US will not be using military jets to go after Snowden, rejecting reports that America might force down a plane carrying the NSA leaker.
The president specified that the US will not engage in “wheeling, dealing and trading” to extradite Edward Snowden, adding that extradition will be carried out through legal channels.
“We’ve got a whole lot of business that we do with China and Russia, and I’m not going to have one case of a suspect who we’re trying to extradite suddenly being elevated to the point where I’ve got to start doing wheeling and dealing and trading on a whole host of other issues,” Obama said.
Obama said he has not spoken to Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping or Russia’s President Vladimir Putin about whistleblower Edward Snowden’s extradition, adding that he “shouldn’t have to,” Reuters reported.
More over there —–> http://rt.com/usa/obama-jet-snowden-intercept-325/
Here, I agree, not to interfere with any flight or aircraft, as Law becomes the weapon and Diplomacy the vehicle of return.
I just don’t even see why such a comment was put forth by the President in the first place.
Sending a fighter jet to ground an aircraft a “hacker” (as the President called him) is akin to killing a couple of a flies with a nuclear weapon. Overkill, stupid, against all moral reasoning, and downright dangerous to the aircraft, the passengers and crew.
Not to mention… I don’t see them going after Hillary Clinton for allowing the murders of the Benghazi Four, Eric Holder for lying, ANY of the IRS employees for lying and going out of bounds.
Snowden let the world know we were all being spied on. He’s done nothing that injured Security yet. Terrorists already knew they were being listened to!
Most of what you state, I agree with. Violating a security clearance, does not sit well with me. At the very least, Snowden should, stand before the bench in federal court, if righteous, and give sworn testimony. It appears that younger people do not take Oaths, as a serious matter and security clearances are handed out like the key to the little boys room on request.
Then again, though I am not a Freemason (wish I were), I am very Mason-like, and secrets, are something never to be divulged. Even what I know about Freemasonry, I would never tell, out of RESPECT, to those honoring their vows of secrecy. Guess the “R-word”, means nothing to many today, either.
Anyone that has honored their oath, should want Snowden to be returned to Stand Tall, and Answer Up. I believe, you know what I mean.
I agree. One does NOT violate their clearance. Doesn’t set well with me either.
I would like to see Snowden come back of his own, free will and stand up and tell the facts. I don’t see him doing that.
What I see is someone who has stepped over a line and into a realm he didn’t understand. There are only two real possibilities here though.
1) He believes what he did was right and the NSA wrong for spying on all of us, for collecting all that data and storing it (regardless if they are looking at it right then). They broke the law first.
2) This is truly a CIA op and Snowden is an asset sent to damage the Administration (and if so it’s over Benghazi). He’s being protected by contacts in those other countries (Russia, China) and we do have “friendly” people over there. Whether US agents or some other favors were called in I’m not too sure.
Security clearance are not (as you likely know) handed out “like the key to the little boys room”. He underwent a background investigation like most of us did. His education isn’t even relevant here (he has a GED, and so do a hell of a lot of military personnel who are cleared to at least Secret level). He was taking (like almost everyone I personally know) college courses for one thing or another. The mere awarding of a college degree simply does NOT bestow some kind of regal crown and robes upon a person, make them ANY “smarter” – just more “knowledgeable”. The truth is college degrees are used as the “keys to the empire” on the Left and this is what the whining is about on that side.
Traitor? Snowden? No. Not even close. There’s a very concise definition of treason and Snowden doesn’t fit that definition. A “Whistleblower” is closer, but that too isn’t quite right either.
For the record, almost NO ONE other than Congress takes “an oath”. Instead they “sign” a Standard Form 312, Classified Information Non-Disclosure Agreement. It is obviously the same as a contract rather than an “oath”. So the media and even Congressional members stating that he “broke his oath” are incorrect, or lying. In some cases simply just hypocrites (like Pelosi and others who’ve broken their own verbal oath to protect and defend the Constitution many times in their attempts to take our guns).
All of that said, I will say I am not “good” with what he did. Not the way he did it. Not the way he released information.
I am glad he did tell the American Public that our rights have been usurped. This is a difficult place for this young man to find himself. But America has found herself in an even tighter spot.