There’s been a lot of talk in newspapers this week about clemency for Edward Snowden, the former NSA employee who revealed evidence of the agency's snooping.
The Guardian in London wants a full pardon, The New York Times a reduced sentence. Not so fast.
It’s this week’s uncut commentary.
His defenders call him a whistleblower, a living martyr. The Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg says he's a hero.
"Considering the enormous value of the information he has revealed and the abuses he has exposed, Mr. Snowden deserves better than a life of permanent exile, fear and flight," The Times wrote.
This week, go online and print yourself a copy of that editorial. Then, hold on to it. I have a prediction: After the next major terrorist attack here, and sooner or later one will occur, and as charges and counter charges about who missed what are flung about, you’ll likely not hear about the Times re-running the editorial.
Yes, there’s a lot of surveillance. I hate it too. But, you’re living a dream world if you think no one is planning right now to send you and your family to the cemetery.
Martyrs, dead or living, don’t run from the injustice they seek to expose. They stand and take whatever punishment is meted out, and for that we praise and defend them.
Come home Edward. With the whole world watching, maybe then we can entertain a discussion about leniency.
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