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Snowden and Related Thoughts

Snowden did nothing different than John Lewis and others did – he saw a wrong more egregious than the law that protected it.


Snowden should be ranked with the known and unknown veterans of the Civil Rigts movement.

We celebrate Martin Luther King for exercising the same logic that Snowden used to defy an unjust law.

Nonviolence is always effective against an unjust law. It is ineffective when there is no law.

The rule of law is essential to a true democracy.

The rule of law is the most precious possession of any society.

When laws are unjust they must be changed.

There are no laws that cannot be improved.

Fairness is the standard on which any law can be judged.

The newspapers and sites that used Snowden’s work should stand with him now.

You cannot call a man a traitor and live on the product of his alleged disobedience without bearing the mark of the hypocrite.

Snowden should be an issue in 2014 and the winners should be for a full pardon.

Snowden should be pardoned irrespective of whether he returns to the United States.

The tragedy of President Obama would be finishing his presidency without correcting his transgressions of elementary human rights.

It is very hard to remain for President Obama and to forgive violations of rights and international law at the same time. But I am and I do.

To be an ethical pragmatist is the only option in today’s world.

The only absolute things are values that apply to all.

Values should be the basis of law.

Snowden is no different than any honest citizen should be – open to defy if defiance is the honorable course.

The notion that we are good because we are ethical is a stretch. We are all fallible, we all do harm, we are all forgiven.

The world censures and then forgets and then comes around.



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