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JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: EDWARD SNOWDEN – THE WORD TRAITOR DOES NOT APPLY – A GENUINE HERO – FOLLOWING ORDERS NO EXCUSE IN INTELLIGENCE EITHER   Leave a comment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JOHN CHUCKMAN

 

RESPONSE TO A COLUMN BY TONY BURMAN IN THE TORONTO STAR

“more hero than traitor”

Sorry, I have a problem with that wording.

In my view, the word “traitor” has no application to Edward Snowden whatever.

Of course, one expects it to be on the lips of the usual gang of blood-thirsty America-firsters – people like John McCain or Dick Cheney or Condoleezza Rice – but then almost everything those people say is unthinking lies.

The victorious Allies hung men, high-ranking men indeed, after WWII for “just following orders.”

It is no different in the intelligence field than in the military: when an order or an assignment violates the very basic precepts of a society, the traitors, if the word has any application at all, are the ones who blindly follow.

Edward Snowden rises above run-of-the-mill heroes, too: he has risked just about everything – home, career, and his life – to reveal secret government acts violating the ethical and legal precepts of free society and threatening the futures of everyone.