Barack Obama and his administration are dissembling. They are falling apart over it and rightly so. Edward Snowden and Glenn Greenwald are much too smart for them. They have a much better command of exactly where to draw the line where the rights of the people are concerned.
Snowden is an American hero if ever there was one. The rest of the world should welcome him with open arms and whether the US threatens any of them or not. They should all grant him political asylum with the right to freely travel anywhere. They should also block all efforts by the US to apprehend him.
He has done a huge favor to all the peoples of the world. He put his life on the line for them, for their right to know, for them to be able to see through all the lies that have been told by Obama and the others. They should stand up for him against the obfuscating, double-dealing Obama administration.
"The president and I have learned of some things that have been happening in many ways on an automatic pilot, because the technology is there and the ability is there," Kerry told a conference in London. "In some cases, some of these actions have reached too far and we are going to try to make sure it doesn't happen in the future."
General Keith Alexander, the head of the NSA, responded by putting responsibility for the spying efforts squarely on the State Department itself. He said diplomats around the world were asking for information about the "leadership intentions" of top foreign officials, and that his agency was simply trying to respond to those intelligence requests.