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“Statement from Edward Snowden in Moscow”
“One week ago I left Hong Kong after it became clear that my freedom and safety were under threat for revealing the truth. My continued liberty has been owed to the efforts of friends new and old, family, and others who I have never met and probably never will. I trusted them with my life and they returned that trust with a faith in me for which I will always be thankful.
On Thursday, President Obama declared before the world that he would not permit any diplomatic wheeling and dealing over my case. Yet now it is being reported that after promising not to do so, the President ordered his Vice President to pressure the leaders of nations from which I have requested protection to deny my asylum petitions.
This kind of deception from a world leader is not justice, and neither is the extralegal penalty of exile. These are the old, bad tools of political aggression. Their purpose is to frighten, not me, but those who would come after me.
For decades the United States of America has been one of the strongest defenders of the human right to seek asylum. Sadly, this right, laid out and voted for by the U.S. in Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is now being rejected by the current government of my country. The Obama administration has now adopted the strategy of using citizenship as a weapon. Although I am convicted of nothing, it has unilaterally revoked my passport, leaving me a stateless person. Without any judicial order, the administration now seeks to stop me exercising a basic right. A right that belongs to everybody. The right to seek asylum.
In the end the Obama administration is not afraid of whistleblowers like me, Bradley Manning or Thomas Drake. We are stateless, imprisoned, or powerless. No, the Obama administration is afraid of you. It is afraid of an informed, angry public demanding the constitutional government it was promised and it should be.
I am unbowed in my convictions and impressed at the efforts taken by so many.”
Edward Joseph Snowden
Monday 1st July 2013
– “US Military Blocks Access To The Guardian Website For Troops Around The World”
Exactly what we formerly labelled as subversive tactics of Soviet-style governments, we’re now doing?
– “Customs And Border Patrol Considered Weaponizing Drones”
We all knew this was next as we had been warned!
The U. S. Constitution has now become nothing more than a piece of parchment in a Washington, D. C. vault, for which most who swear an oath to uphold the country’s doctrines contained within, have zero understanding of what is it is they are swearing to uphold. This includes the NSA and their contractor, robot-drone, human minions who read this post and did not take an oath to uphold the U. S. Constitution!
Author David McCullough told CBS News’ 60 MINUTES last Sunday we are raising a generation of illiterates to our history.