Snowden Is a Traitor to the Political Elite … But a Hero to the American People

The People Want Wrongdoing Exposed

Bloomberg reports:

A majority of U.S. registered voters consider Edward Snowden a whistle-blower, not a traitor, and a plurality says government anti-terrorism efforts have gone too far in restricting civil liberties, a poll released today shows.


The view of Snowden as a whistle-blower rather than traitor predominated among almost every group of respondents broken down by party, gender, income, education and age.


The verdict that Snowden is not a traitor goes against almost the unified view of the nation’s political establishment,” Brown said.


“The fact that there is little difference now along party lines about the overall anti-terrorism effort and civil liberties and about Snowden is in itself unusual in a country sharply divided along political lines about almost everything,” Brown said.

Poll and after poll continues to show the same thing.

Indeed, Snowden has a higher approval rating than Congress.

That sounds impressive … until you remember that Congress is less popular than cockroaches, lice, root canals, colonoscopies, traffic jams, used car salesmen, Genghis Khan, Communism, BP during the Gulf oil spill, Nixon during Watergate or King George during the American Revolution.

Postscript:  People are sick and tired of corruption.  And most understand that mass surveillance on innocent people is for political purposes … not to keep us safe.

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  • gozounlimited
    • gozounlimited

      Is the NSA Blackmailing Obama?

      Abby Martin talks to Russell Tice, former intelligence analyst and original NSA whistleblower, about how the recent NSA scandal only scratches the surface of a massive surveillance apparatus, citing specific targets the he saw spying orders for, including former senators
      Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama…. see here ….

  • bear47

    The US congress is disgusting beyond belief. I refuse to use a capital “C” when commenting on that gang until there are a more than one or two honest members of both houses.

  • ThePurpleCrab

    Snowden would be freed if given a fair trial by US citizens as jurors aware of jury nullification power.

  • Tonto

    Edward Snowden is one of the least important media-made sensations in decades. Edward Snowden is the CIA’s answer to Lady Gaga. It’s all hype folks. Don’t any of you recognize how this guy gets all this press? It’s hype, and another false flag patriot being rolled out by the CIA.

    You all ought to look at what is going on that is far more important than the long ago reported knowledge that government is spying on its citizens for a variety of reasons.

    Edward Snowden is Julian Assange done better, but still not convincingly enough to fool anyone with their eyes open. These guys are both CIA agents playing a role for government.

    Google is running ads for both Julian Assange and Edward Snowden. Hasn’t anyone put two and two together? Stop with all the misguided hero-worship.

    Plant Agent Snowden in Venezuela and there’s plenty of reason right there to invade the country.

    • Sabin Smith

      That’s all fine and good but you should also explain what we’re being distracted from. Benghazi, Syria, economic problems….

      • Jay R.

        Our lawmakers decisions. To turn the other way about 9/11, changing policy that affects our freedoms. That is the distraction from which the man speaks of. Chase the bad rabbit but don’t change the bad behavior. Who is on the hook for all this survailance take them out and make an example. Instead we follow Snowden.

    • Linda M

      Keep the paranoia outside please.

      Assange fits the profile of a 90s cypherpunk, and has left the record behind to prove it. There is no credible evidence he or Appelbaum are plants or in collusion with governments. You can go into the usenet and mailing list archives 20 years ago and find them.

      Snowden fits the profile of a 20 something American who bought the state propaganda, saw what was really going on on the inside, and understood enough about media, networking and politics to leak it in a credible fashion. As in fact do many of his generation, who breathe bits like patriotic boomers breathe star-spangled hot air.

      Everything else is media spin and disinformation. Just like the NYTimes was just caught flogging unsubstantiated government sources as “experts” and then citing itself over and over to create a lie. I’d be more worried about those false flags.

      • Tonto

        Trust me, Linda.

        Google is a vast sewer of disinformation. Google is also, just like the TBTF’s, well above the law. The fact that they make money while they do all this work, is merely coincidental to being a big part of the vast twisted flood of disinformation.

        Your profile of Snowden is an exact fit for the NSA’s most highly paid operatives. I look at the image of Snowden the man, and it’s difficult to see a credible moralist conjured by your imagination. Maybe his vicarious affection for Zelda taught him something about morality? LoL

        Let me suggest you are a literate, dissing fool with nothing credible to say. You want everyone to believe the super-colossal media sensation of Edward Snowden is easily made. Yes, it is easily made -by those who have the connections and the money to shape the boughten-news, but it is clearly not being made by Edward Snowden, not any more than Lady Gaga is rising to fame on the wings of any supposed talent.

        Planting Edward Snowden in Venezuela serves a clear political purpose that will be easy to look back upon, if and when a new, hotter front develops in South America.

        Mark those words. We have a manufactured distraction of fantastic magnitude and a clever plant of yet another phony enemy of the government inside the borders of a country whose government the oil industry would like to take down.

        Not always, but very often, the simplest explanation is the best approximation of events that are so well choreographed. Please don’t respond to any of my posts. There is nothing you can say that will impress me. You clearly to not have the potential for adding anything here. Just crawl back into your hole from whence you came.

        • “Trust me, Linda.”

          You sound like the fedgov.

          • Tonto

            Look at all the NEW people here throwing throwing stooge-bombs at the regulars.

            The NSA doesn’t have enough important business to do. I has to invent busy-work trolling the Internet seeking insignificant drivel to keep chaste and politically correct.

            I’ll say it again, because most people here already know it, both Assange and Snowden of CIA agents playing a counter-intelligence role meant to befuddle the American people as well as international agencies.

            That much is so obvious, TRUST ME, I’m not giving away any state secrets. LoL

          • Interesting theory. I don’t buy it, but it is interesting nonetheless.

    • YesMan3

      shut up.

  • Woodstuck

    When those of you who have covered-up and worked to help bring us to this government (banker) takeover find out YOU are on their list as well – Who will be the fools then? It is better to be honest with America like the Patriot Snowden then to fall into the arms of the devil and then be devoured as well. Like the police and the Monsatans and Dupont workers – YOU all know well what you are doing and you also know it is wrong! Not only will God and the people be seeking you out, but so will your employer. Dishonesty breeds the same – All police should heed this notice. Oh, and there are no ‘honest’ police, or the dishonest ones would not exist.

  • Christopher Michael Vargo

    Taking that a step further, It would appear to me that if snowden is in fact a hero, Then that would make our senators, president, and others, guilty of Incompetence at best and treason at worst. It was my impression that the Congressional leaders like Feinstein were Scared….of the NSA perhaps, but certainly public opinion. I think they may in fact be in a fight for their lives, figuratively if not literally. Remember that despite everyone getting cozy with latino’s over imigration, the net result will be a Great Wall of USA , DHS has 1.8 billion rounds of Hollow Point and other types of ammo not commonly used for “practice” on order. Thats more than 20x what was used in all of the Iraq War. Also note Russ Tice has come out and furthered his whistleblowing on Russia Today (RT) (search on youtube, filter “this week”…russ tice)

    He Was the original NSA Whistle blower.

  • Quiet Desperation

    I just wish there could be actual discussion of the issue, but no one can think past black and white. Over on the geek sites they’re ready to put Snowden on the dollar bill and are baffled why the country isn’t out rioting in the streets over this (all the while not exactly tossing any Molotov cocktails of their own). Zero nuance and zero depth and zero level of intellect.

    And if you even just try to play devils advocate for the sake of it, you get sworn at and modded down below visibility. Typical. Those who call for freedom and openness so quickly turn into a mob and use whatever tools available (comment moderation in this case) to suppress open discussion. Humanity really does suck and hard.