In the early 1970’s the FBI monitored the anti-war activities of John Kerry, our current Sec. of State. In 2004, a John Kerry spokesman said “Reports that the FBI monitored John Kerry’s anti-war activities in the early 1970’s are both “a badge of honor” and a troubling example of government intrusion into peaceful and legitimate protest.”
Now let’s see what 2013 John Kerry says about Edward Snowden who revealed government spying on average everyday Americans – Snowden is “a traitor to his country”, Kerry continues “Evidently he places himself above the law, having betrayed his country with respect to the violation of his oath, and I think there are very serious implications in that,”. Now the spying in the 1970’s that John Kerry thought was so “troubling” even though wrong had some rational. Remember Vietnam war protesters occasionally resorted to violence as did President Obama’s terrorist buddy, Bill Ayers. So if spying on a groups who occasionally resorted to violence is troubling why does informing average Americans that they are being spied on make you a traitor?
We hear a lot about this “oath” John Kerry mentions. The greatest oath an American can take to our country is to uphold and defend the constitution against enemies foreign and domestic. Hero Edward Snowden upheld the highest oath to his country and the employees at the NSA who continue to violate their greatest oath to our Constitution should be made to answer for their crimes in a real court of law at some point in the future. They should be granted a legal due process, the same due process they have denied to Americans they continue to victimize. They will not be allowed to claim they were only doing what their superiors asked – each and every American is required to uphold the oath to the Constitution which includes the 4th amendment.
I suppose with John Kerry totalitarianism really isn’t the problem, just who is the totalitarian.