Snowden, the ex-patriot
A few months ago (possibly July 4 issue), you, the editor, wrote your opinion about “patriots” in which it appeared you basically thanked ex-”patriot” Snowden for releasing sensitive information about activities of our government. First, I thought someone was in deep trouble for not proof-reading your article, but then I reread it and realized it was no typo. I usually thought your previous articles and opinions were interesting and insightful, but this one, not so much . . .. Actually, not at all. My definition of a patriot is a person who makes a solemn promise to protect and serve our country and our natural and national safety and security for our fellow Americans. I think perhaps you are not only on a different page but that perhaps you and I are not even reading the same book. It happens . . . even to editors. May I suggest you check out the FBI website with the entry “Sachtleben.” Here, you will find an account of an agent (aka one of our own) who was a bomb expert, had a high security clearance even though he was retired (type A with way too much time on his hands). If he and his purposeful plans of betrayal had not been foiled, countless innocent Americans would have been inhumanely killed and our national security compromised. Disclaimer: Do not read before your Sleepytime tea, as it will make the hairs on the back of your neck ignite (poof) into a bonfire. Ouch. Seems this bomb expert also dabbled into child porn for which he received eight-plus years at Club Fed, plus three and a half years for his attempts to “alter” our national security. Wow, scumbag predator with a government security clearance . . . extremely alarming. Maybe he and Snowden visited Quantico or their own five-star resort for “creative terrorism.” Kindred spirits, perhaps. Oxymorons, cowards and egotists, most definitely. So how about we leave Snowden to Phobic Putin (homogenized) . . . “to Russia with love.” Ciao, baby. Who knows? Maybe their newbie neighbor may someday decide (“stupid is as stupid does,” Forrest Gump) to “leak” out some rather sensitive Russian material. Gosh, I sure hope Snowden is not gay. . . . Russian justice does not even occupy the same universe, let alone the same jail cell. Reality check. True patriots are “everyday” Americans, our friends, our neighbors, quite often strangers until tragedy strikes and then instantly they become our BFFs. How many of the first responders were on their days off when terrorism and tragedy struck the Twin Towers on Sept. 11, 2001? These are patriots . . . true patriots. Patriots are the six heroine educators who were brutally massacred at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14, 2012, along with the 20 innocent children they were desperately trying to shield and protect. Now we’re talking patriots and heroines and humanitarians. But Snowden . . . seriously? He did not take the high road, he simply took the road of no return. And he thinks America was not informed? Wow, arrogance meets ignorance . . . truly toxic. So until Snowden gets “reunited” back here in the USA, get out your Russian vodka (personally, I’ll stick with my Tree-Hugger Blanco from Italy) and celebrate that Snowden is now Russia’s “elephant in the room.” Someday, I’ll bet he will eventually welcome the “amenities” of Club Fed, compared to the “justice system” in Russia. Who knows, maybe even someday he and Sachtleben might even become roomies . . . talk about strange bedfellows. I can only hope Snowden will have “aged” by then. You know, child predators have no boundaries . . . not even in prison. Talk about justice.