The issue before us now is not whether Snowden is an admirable and trustworthy character. The thing we should care about is whether the people pursuing him are trustworthy, and the manifest answer is that they are not. The issue is not whether the countries that Snowden has popped into are bastions of liberty — they are not. The issue is which countries are likely to extradite Snowden. Let’s not demand that Snowden prove his worth to us by fleeing to a place that will provide him no protection at all. I don’t know enough yet to know what I think of Snowden. But when it comes to our federal information leeches, I know plenty.
So, just for the sake of argument, let’s assume that Snowden was up to no good. That doesn’t matter. His motives for blowing the whistle are of no concern to me. The only thing that matters is whether or not we want the government collecting information on everybody in the fashion they have been doing. Of course not.
The stale answer that comes back to us is that they are protecting us from terrorists. But I want to be protected from them far more than I want to be protected from terrorists.
They say they have safeguards and processes of internal review. Are these safeguards as ironclad as the ones the IRS had? And how is it that your safeguards allowed you to entrust all this information to a commie punk like Snowden? You have the situation well in hand, do you? You have courts reviewing whatever is done? Like that court that authorized the tap on James Rosen? Like that one? One of the first things that proponents of chasing and charging Snowden need to learn as they talk about this issue in public is that their federal credibility is down the sinkhole. And my best advice at this point would be to stop lying.
I have a proposal. We need a law that says that there will be no surveillance of the American people that has not first been test-driven for five years at the Capitol building and its environs. You tell us the drink is not poisoned, so you drink it. Sweeps of phone records, busting into emails, targeted review of IRS records, tracking of movements through security gates, and surveillance drones overhead. All such records gathered will be open to Freedom of Information Requests, and will be provided to primary challengers free of charge, and with no names redacted.
Why do I want to do such a thing? National security, ma’am.