Edward Snowden

Comments by Brian Shilhavy
Editor, Health Impact News

This week the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that the National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance program which was exposed by whistleblower Edward Snowden in 2013 is unlawful, and the court even credited Mr. Snowden for exposing it.

Thomas Kika writing for the International Business Times reports:

Seven years after the National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance program was exposed by whistleblower Edward Snowden in 2013, the operation has been deemed unlawful by a federal court.

The ruling came down Wednesday from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which said that the program – which collected mass amounts of phone calls in the U.S. without warrants – violated the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and, potentially, the U.S. Constitution.

“I never imagined that I would live to see our courts condemn the NSA’s activities as unlawful and in the same ruling credit me for exposing them,” Snowden said about the ruling in a tweet. “And yet that day has arrived.”

The former NSA contractor fled to Russia following his actions and has remained there ever since. Despite this ruling, he still faces espionage charges in the U.S., though President Donald Trump has occasionally floated the idea of a pardon. (Full article.)

So will President Trump now pardon him? President Trump ran on a platform to “drain the swamp” but has mostly been mired in political quagmires surrounding the U.S. Intelligence Agencies.

A full pardon to Snowden with a security detail assigned to keep him alive so that he could testify in court, could go a long way to finally seeing some justice in the tyrannical take-over of America which started just post-911 and is now at full speed with the COVID tyrannical power grabs.

 

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