Leaders Call for Snowden’s Prosecution As CNN’s Toobin Calls Him A “Clown”

Jonathan Turley, the author of this article, has long struck me as a liberal in the old fashioned, classical sense, rather than as a “librul,” i.e., an adherent to the religion of the left. This article is consistent with that perception. In the final paragraphs he observes,

We have a democratic system that seems entirely unconnected to the public. From the continuation of our fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan to warrantless surveillance, the views of the public seem entirely immaterial to our leaders. They offer rhetorical responses but largely act within a system controlled by two parties and their leaders. Congress itself has proven, yet again, to be entirely disinterested in civil liberties or privacy values. The courts have refused to hear dozens of public interest lawsuits seeking review of such programs. In this environment, whistleblowers often feel that they have no recourse but to go to the media. Of course, this Administration has not only attacked privacy but the free press in the recent scandals.

What is striking is the anger directed at Snowden from the media. He will be held accountable for any crime, but he is also someone who acted at great peril to himself. I do not believe that that makes him a “clown” and I hope that some attention will remain on the attack on privacy represented by these programs. [Emphasis added.]

Well said, Sir.


200px-national_security_agencysvgEdward Snowden, 29, is now a hunted man. The media this morning has moved from the shock over the massive surveillance of citizens to attacking Snowden as a leaker. Indeed, this morning, CNN’s Senior Legal Analyst Jeff Toobin denounced Snowden as a “clown” and someone who should be denounced. Toobin and I have been disagreeing a great deal lately. While I respect Jeff Toobin, I was surprised last week when he defended aspects of the investigation of journalists and later the massive surveillance programs. However, I was taken aback by the attack on Snowden. There certainly is a basis for criminal investigation — a point no one denies. He will have to answer for any violation of his clearance agreement and national security laws. However, it is the tenor and shift of the comments this morning that so surprised me. Rather than continue the debate of the loss of privacy…

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I was graduated from Yale University in 1963 with a B.A. in economics and from the University of Virginia School of law, where I was the notes editor of the Virginia Law Review in 1966. Following four years of active duty with the Army JAG Corps, with two tours in Korea, I entered private practice in Washington, D.C. specializing in communications law. I retired in 1996 to sail with my wife, Jeanie, on our sailboat Namaste to and in the Caribbean. In 2002, we settled in the Republic of Panama and live in a very rural area up in the mountains. I have contributed to Pajamas Media and Pajamas Tatler. In addition to my own blog, Dan Miller in Panama, I an an editor of Warsclerotic and contribute to China Daily Mail when I have something to write about North Korea.
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4 Responses to Leaders Call for Snowden’s Prosecution As CNN’s Toobin Calls Him A “Clown”

  1. --Rick says:

    I find it ironic that the government is complaining about Mr. Snowden collecting and disclosing their secrets at the same time they are collecting and doing who knows what with information collected on everyone in America and beyond; including Mr. Snowden.

    • Well, yes. But it seems to be the Government view that the Government has and therefore needs a monopoly on that sort of thing — similar to the monopoly it enjoys on tax collection. That view is understandable, in a governmental sort of way.

      Here’s my attempt: we can’t have individual citizens making up their own tax rules, collecting taxes as they see fit based on those rules and then spending the proceeds as they please. Government has a taxation monopoly and its experts are far better at it than mere private citizens. Therefore, the same must be true as to collecting and disclosing secrets.

  2. phoebe53 says:

    Some have been saying that it was incredibly stupid for him to come out, I think it was incredibly smart, it just might be what keeps him alive. Nah, strike that, we can trust our government, they would never, ever make anyone disappear.

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