Snowden Is a Traitor to the Political Elite … But a Hero to the American People, Who Want Wrongdoing Exposed


Bloomberg reports:

A majority of U.S. registered voters consider Edward Snowden a whistle-blower, not a traitor, and a plurality says government anti-terrorism efforts have gone too far in restricting civil liberties, a poll released today shows.


The view of Snowden as a whistle-blower rather than traitor predominated among almost every group of respondents broken down by party, gender, income, education and age.


The verdict that Snowden is not a traitor goes against almost the unified view of the nation’s political establishment,” Brown said.


“The fact that there is little difference now along party lines about the overall anti-terrorism effort and civil liberties and about Snowden is in itself unusual in a country sharply divided along political lines about almost everything,” Brown said.

Indeed, Snowden has a higher approval rating than Congress.

That sounds impressive … until you remember that Congress is less popular than cockroaches, lice, root canals, colonoscopies, traffic jams, used car salesmen, Genghis Khan, Communism, BP during the Gulf oil spill, Nixon during Watergate or King George during the American Revolution.

Postscript:  People are sick and tired of corruption.  And most understand that mass surveillance on innocent people is for political purposes … not to keep us safe.

Category: Think Tank, War/Defense

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3 Responses to “The Public Wants Wrongdoing Exposed”

  1. louiswi says:

    I think what the American people want to see most is some wall street criminals in jail. Could we have at least one?

  2. AtlasRocked says:

    The entire benefits mill of the US gov’t is based on collusion with the banks and Wall Street. It will only grow bigger and more corrupt and oppressive, that is the history of gov’ts providing benefits, folks, it is as certain as the sun rising. You’re pushing a rope if you think we can regulate or control it. No such record exists in human history, and plenty of sages note what humans do in such systems:

    “When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living in society, they create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.”
    - Frederic Bastiat

    “If Congress can employ money indefinitely to the “general welfare”, and are the sole and supreme judges of the general welfare, they may take the care of religion into their own hands; they may appoint teachers in every State, county and parish and pay them out of their public treasury; they may take into their own hands the education of children, establishing in like manner schools throughout the Union; they may assume the provision of the poor; they may undertake the regulation of all roads other than post-roads; in short, every thing, from the highest object of state legislation down to the most minute object of police, would be thrown under the power of Congress. Were the power of Congress to be established in the latitude contended for, it would subvert the very foundations, and transmute the very nature of the limited Government established by the people of America.”

    – James Madison, Letter to Edmund Pendleton, 1792

  3. Biffah Bacon says:

    I’m surprised no one has yet mentioned the incredible economic value present in electronic communications and metadata. If getting a two second headstart on Reuters’ data from UMich is monetizable and presumably profitable, what would having access to the entire internet give an investor? Having a database of analyzable electronic traffic correlated to market movements that produces actionable investment information for the benefit of whom or what agency?