The word traitor has been thrown around a lot in recent days. But who is the real traitor here?
Who was it who promised a generation “hope” and “change,” only to betray those promises with actions inimical to either hope or change?
Who took an oath to defend the U.S. Constitution, only to feed the invisible beast of secret law devouring it alive from the inside out?
Who is it that promised to preside over the most transparent administration in history, only to crush whistleblower after whistleblower with the boot-heel of espionage charges?
Who combined in his executive the powers of judge, jury and executioner, and claimed the jurisdiction of the entire earth on which to exercise those powers?
Who arrogates the power to spy on the entire earth — every single one of us — and when he is caught red handed, explains to us that “we’re going to have to make a choice.”
Who is that person? Let’s be very careful about who we call traitor.
Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning are part of the fabric of America. They are young, technically minded people from the generation that Barack Obama betrayed. And by trying to crush these young whistleblowers with espionage charges, the U.S. government is taking on a generation, and that’s a battle it is going to lose.
This isn’t how to fix things. The only way to fix things is to change the policies:
Stop spying on the world.
Eradicate secret law.
Cease indefinite detention without trial.
Stop assassinating people.
Stop invading other countries and sending young Americans off to kill and be killed.
Stop the occupations and discontinue the secret wars.
Stop eating the young: Edward Snowden, Bradley Manning and the other young whistleblowers whose names don’t make the headlines.