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July 16, 2013

Solving the Edward Snowden Conundrum

Filed under: Politics,The Law — Steve Ruis @ 11:25 am
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Journalist Glenn Greenwald has revealed that Edward Snowden has in his possession a complete blueprint of NSA’s entire snooping operations (and apparently a great deal more). If this were to fall into the wrong hands, say Russia, it could be a great deal of trouble. There seems to be general agreement on that. Snowden is hung up in an airport in Russia and we have revoked his passport, so travel now is high risk. So, he has asked Russia(!) for asylum.

I can solve this conundrum simply.

Offer Snowden a complete pardon if he returns the information to the appropriate officials.

Oh, but that would be rewarding bad behavior, you say. We pardoned Richard Nixon for all (really all) wrongdoing he might have commited as president. We also don’t seem to have any problem rewarding the bad behavior of white-collar criminals: bankers, real estate brokers, crooked politicians, etc., so why is this a bad idea for Snowden? Do you think Snowden is going to have a life of luxury when he returns, that anyone will trust him with an important job? I think any chance he had for a high quality public life is over.

Bring him and his information home by offering the only thing that will accomplish that. Otherwise be prepared to face the consequences of extracting revenge.



  1. I hadn’t considered that before, but i think you’re right. It’ll all blow over and everyone will still have their limbs.


    Comment by john zande — July 16, 2013 @ 2:09 pm | Reply

    • We can’t stand it that a “perp” goes free when it doesn’t really matter. What whistleblower wouldn’t be dissauded from what Snowden has gone through already? There is no need to make a bigger statement. There is a need to get that info back. If Obama were to do this, expect the conservatives to go ballistic because with them it is all about winning. If we get to prosecute Snowden but lose all the info they will cnsider that a “victory.”

      They haven’t burned your place down yet, have they John? I wish the peeople in this country were as riled up as those in yours.


      Comment by stephenpruis — July 16, 2013 @ 4:19 pm | Reply

      • Is it still going on down here? I haven’t been watching the news… and our little city is quiet. The promise of a Constitutional Convention next year seemed to have satisfied most people.


        Comment by john zande — July 16, 2013 @ 4:56 pm | Reply

        • I haven’t been up to date, I just noticed a comment on the “tube” and it might have been dated.

          So the folks bought the shuck and jive of a convention, eh? Hmmm. Can you imagine what would happen if this country did the same. Every freak in the country would come out of the woodwork for that!


          Comment by stephenpruis — July 16, 2013 @ 9:27 pm | Reply

          • In the US, yes…. your Teabillies seem to believe its a document written in stone, by Jesus. Here the Constitution is only 20 or 30 years old. I actually translated a 2hr doco on the convention held after the dictatorship a while ago…. what a farking mess! An overhaul would be good.


            Comment by john zande — July 17, 2013 @ 6:40 am | Reply

            • You got a belly laugh from me with “Teabillies” (more properly I think it would be TeaBillys as Hillbilly comes from “hill” and the nickname “Billy,” sniff).

              As much of a mess as the U.S. Constitution is, it was a miracle for its time and would still be serving us well if we had any men of character left. Good luck with yours!


              Comment by stephenpruis — July 17, 2013 @ 7:56 am | Reply

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