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  •  Freedom Fighter (3+ / 0-)
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    There were a lot of ANC members which set up in exile and did a hell of a good job and got positions in the government after freedom was attained. Nelson Mandela would still be a hero if he had gone into exile and fought against apartheid  outside the country.
    There is no way Edward Snowden could get a fair trial in the US. He has already been found guilty and called a traitor by the US government officials. He will be mistreated and even Amnesty International have confirmed he could not get a fair trial in the US and if he returns they fear he will be mistreated.

    •  You are trying very hard to miss the point. (0+ / 0-)

      Not even Snowden is alleging that he is no guilty of the commission of a felony. Perhaps you equate a fair trial with acquittal, and that's pretty unlikely. However, the idea that moral objections to a government policy allows you to violate the law is just wrong and it is something to which I object strongly.

      Let's look at a different example. The Catholic Church objects to people using contraceptives and sought an exemption from the new healthcare law, claiming that their moral objections should exempt them from providing coverage to church employees for contraceptives. I strongly disagreed with that viewpoint. And I imagine you did too, because we just don't get to opt out of obeying the law. You are free to object all you like, but the State is right in insisting that you nevertheless obey the law. Snowden is attracting legal sanction because he knowingly violated the law. That is quite distinct from how he or anyone feels about the NSA or PRISM or anything.

      Voting is the means by which the public is distracted from the realities of power and its exercise.

      by Anne Elk on Mon Jun 24, 2013 at 12:33:32 PM PDT

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