Everyone with two functional brain cells has known for the last four years that John “Cry baby” Boenher is a Republican in name only. His surrendering every major important conservative issue to the Democrats and his vicious attacks on the TEA Party are all the evidence anyone needs to come to that conclusion.
Ed Morrissey siding with John “Cry baby” Boenher on the issue of Edward Snowdens actions is the same kind of evidence of Mr Morrissey’s Republican in Name only status.
posted at 9:21 am on June 11, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
I guess this makes it bipartisan, no? The Democratic chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee and the Republican Speaker of the House don’t agree on large number of issues, but they both have the same assessment of NSA leaker Edward Snowden — that he is a traitor. Boehner offered his take on ABC’s Good Morning America in an interview with George Stephanopoulos:
House Speaker John Boehner today called NSA leaker Edward Snowden a “traitor” who put Americans at risk by releasing classified information to the media.
“He’s a traitor,” the highest ranking Republican in the House of Representatives said in an extensive interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos. “The disclosure of this information puts Americans at risk. It shows our adversaries what our capabilities are. And it’s a giant violation of the law.” …
“The president outlined last week that these were important national security programs to help keep Americans safe, and give us tools to fight the terrorist threat that we face,” Boehner said. “The president also outlined that there are appropriate safeguards in place to make sure that there’s no snooping, if you will, on Americans here at home.” …
“There is heavy oversight of this program by the House Intelligence Committee on a bipartisan basis and the Senate Intelligence Committee,” Boehner said. “And that’s why I feel comfortable that we can operate this program and protect the privacy rights of our citizens.”
I’m actually on board with the idea that Snowden is a criminal, but that doesn’t mean that the NSA program is necessarily heroic, either. Has Boehner confirmed that the NSA programs have those safeguards, or is he just taking Barack Obama’s word and those of the committee chairs for it? Shouldn’t the leadership of Congress be able to speak from their own close oversight of such a powerful program about whether appropriate and effective safeguards are in place? Because if Obama’s assurances on NSA are on the same level as those of IRS and State Department accountability, then we have a big problem.
Speaking of which, Boehner makes more or less the same point on credibility:
Strip the slippery equivocating bullshit away from what Ed has said here and his true intentions come shining through like the search light from a coastal lighthouse. “I’m actually on board with the idea that Snowden is a criminal” There it is, everything else is just meaningless dross meant to conceal
Ed’s true feelings.
Make no mistake about it. Edward Snowden is nothing less than a classic example of a whistle blower. Unlike Pvt. Bradly Manning, Snowden did not release the names of foreign nationals cooperating with the US Government, he did not put the lives of those foreign nationals at risk. He did not release classified documents detailing the functional parameters of clandestine operations, nor did he release source code on programs being run by US Intelligence Agencies.
What Edward Snowden did do is expose the scope of Constitutionally illegal activities being engaged in against American Citizens by what can only legally and honestly be described as a rouge Presidential Administration.
No individual working for the United States Government whether in the United States Military, an elected Official or a federal, state or local bureaucrat ever takes an oath to protect and Defend the Federal Government, or to be loyal to the Federal Government. On the contrary, the oaths that they all take are to protect the Constitution of the United States of America from all enemies foreign or domestic.
There is absolutely no way this next statement can be made forcefully enough. The United States Federal Government is not the United States Constitution. All oaths are sworn to protect the United States Constitution, not the Federal Government, not the President of the United States of America, not some bureaucracy.
Ed Morrissey, like the corrupt elected officials he quotes and the various members of various federal bureaucracies involved in this and other scandals, is intellectually and constitutionally incapable of grasping that the Government is not the Constitution, and that protecting the Government at the expense of the United States Constitution is in fact an act of treason.
Without the Constitution of the United States, the US Government is just another tyrannical government oppressing the citizens of the United States of America for the sole purpose of retaining and increasing the size and scope of the elitist aristocracy controlling the government.