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Note: This article was contributed by guest author James C. Quinn, a Canadian citizen residing in Seoul, Korea.  The views herein do not necessarily reflect the views of RidingTheTiger or its authors.

The case of Edward Snowden has recently become international news. Snowden, a 30-year old American technical contractor and CIA employee is accused of treason for leaking details of classified NSA mass surveillance programs to the media, and has become one of many in a laundry list of individuals who have been targeted by the American regime for resisting the totalitarian actions of the Barack Obama administration.

The revelation about the American regime’s spy program may not be a surprise to many, and have been condemned the world over as “monstrous” and “totalitarian”. Peter Schaar, a German official, stated that he has no confidence in the Obama administration’s reassurance. Hong Kong legislators Gary Fan and Claudia Mo wrote a letter to Obama stating, “The revelations of blanket surveillance of global communications” by the American regime have “damaged the image of the U.S. among freedom-loving peoples around the world.”

Such recent happenings prove once again, and without a doubt, that the U.S. is a kingpin of human rights abuses as it attempts to police the entire world under its watch network by conducting espionage against mankind.  Undoubtedly, and embarrassingly for the American regime and its apologists, the fact that the whole world now knows and condemns their actions has exposed the hypocrisy of the United States and its government. The United States, which has always put on a  mask of being a “defender of freedom,” has finally been uncovered as being the “Big Brother” of the world, perpetrating such acts as eavesdropping, stealing secrets, and hacking attacks, not against military targets, but against ordinary civilians and dissidents. Moreover, not only do they invade the privacy of innocent civilians, forcing their own people to live in a constant state of fear, they are punishing anybody who dares to speak out against such totalitarian and unconstitutional actions.  All the while, the American regime continues to raise false-flags and shed crocodile tears about supposed “human rights issues” in every nation but heir own.  Given those self-righteous accusations that the U.S. has made in recent years against cyber threats posed by other countries, anyone aware of recent happenings cannot stop wondering at the sheer duplicity and insincerity of the American regime when it comes to personal privacy in the online world.

Not only do these new-found facts belie the fact that the United States is no defender of freedom and liberty as it claims to be, the reaction of many high-level American politicians shows that America is becoming a “prison of nations” that will not tolerate any dissent or allow any criticism of its totalitarian methods. Prominent American politicians, such as Deborah Wasserman Schultz wasted no time in demanding that, as penalty for his whistleblowing activities, Mr. Snowden should be “extradited, arrested, and prosecuted”. Dianne Feinstein, the Israeli dual citizen who introduced the PATRIOT act shortly after 9/11, and who demanded that Julian Assange be prosecuted, outrageously claimed that Mr. Snowden had committed an “act of treason,” and demanded that he be prosecuted.  Last but not least, Alan Dershowitz, the defender of torture, who in 2011 stated that he believed that an Israeli spy, Jonathan Pollard should have been released from prison, said that Snowden should have been prosecuted as a “common thief”.  At the same time, such people continue their own treasonous attempts at undermining the American Constitution and the rights that they supposedly guarantee their citizens.

The accusations being made against Mr. Snowden are both absurd and ridiculous.  As to the accusation that Snowden has committed an act of treason, American law states that a US citizen must both engage in activity that might give “aid or comfort” to the enemy, as well as have the intent to betray the United States.  No proof exists the Mr. Snowden had either motive.  On the contrary, Snowden released documents concerning unconstitutional government activity to journalists.  Had  he truly had malicious intent, he would not have taken this route, and instead disclosed a very different set of information to the agents of a foreign power.

Some politicians, however, have been brave enough to come forward in support of Mr. Snowden’s plight.  Judge Andrew Napolitano said, “I would describe this man as an American hero, as a person willing to risk life, limb and liberty in order to expose to the American people one of the most extraordinary violations of the American principles, value judgments and the Constitution itself in all of our history” .  Meanwhile, former Senator Ron Paul stated, “We should be thankful for individuals like Edward Snowden and Glenn Greenwald who see injustice being carried out by their own government and speak out, despite the risk.  They have done a great service to the American people by exposing the truth about what our government is doing in secret” .

The Obama administration has used the American state apparatus to prosecute whistleblowers with alarming hostility and effectiveness.  They have aggressively clamped down on the rights of Americans as defined in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, while seeking a radical transformation of American society into a police state, all while deceptively touting the notion of “freedom” and “security”.  As for Mr. Snowden, he predicts the government will launch an investigation and “say I have broken the Espionage Act and helped our enemies, but that can be used against anyone who points out how massive and invasive the system has become”.

The common denominator of all of the American regime’s obvious mendacity under the Obama administration, however, is their unending hypocrisy.  While claiming to be defenders of freedom and democracy, and hypocritically accusing other nations of wrongdoing and oppression, they are quickly, and intentionally seeking to defame and prosecute anyone who tries to shine a beacon of truth on their quixotic fairy tales.  The Snowden case has made this as plain as day for even the most casual observer.  For instance, earlier this year the Obama regime in the United States released a report to accuse China of launching cyber-attacks on the American institutions, and a number of American officials used the incident to smear the Chinese government.  However, through Snowden, it was revealed that the U.S. had been carrying out cyber-attacks on China for many years.  Similarly, although the American government accused Iran of conducting cyber-warfare attacks against the U.S. and its ally, Israel, they made no apologies for the Stuxnet virus which was created by Israel to target Iranian energy facilities.

The fanatical political charlatans will no doubt now be cheering for the Obama regime,  just as moths are sometimes lured to light.  Doing so fits in with their narrow-minded tendency to be taken in by the vapid sloganeering of “hope and change,” rather than engaging in the honest intellectual effort of critically examining the American leadership.  Unfortunately for such people, the truth is not on their side.

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