Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Is Whistleblower Edward Snowden Guilty Of High Treason?

Despite leaking sensitive state secrets that allegedly revealed the unjust eavesdropping of the Obama administration on average American citizens, is the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden guilty of high treason?

By: Ringo Bones 

Currently trapped in international legal limbo in an airport transit terminal in Moscow, former U.S. National Security Agency contractor and famed whistleblower Edward Snowden has attracted runaway interest from the leading news providers, late night comedians and every average citizen of the world. Though he might seek political asylum in either Russia or those South American countries with belligerent diplomatic beef with the U.S. government, it looks like he might follow the Russian punk rock band Pussy Riot’s example in order to an almost permanently stay in Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Even though it’s rather disconcerting that no distinguished journalist or political pundit has compared him to Benedict Arnold and given the existing evidence – is Edward Snowden guilty of high treason? 

It would be a surprise to everyone that American comedian Wanda Sykes used to work for the U.S. National Security Agency, but unlike the high-school dropout Snowden who only, at present, has a high-school equivalency level education, Sykes had a doctorate before the powers-that-be at the NSA entrusted her with the U.S. government’s most sensitive secrets. And given that back in May 2013 there was a study conducted whose findings show that people of high I.Q. are less likely to commit violent crime (but the way they use their intellect to not get caught hasn’t yet been mentioned), the world’s top security analysts has been pointing out that narcissism is the most likely reason for Edward Snowden’s leaking of the U.S. government’s and the NSA’s most sensitive top secret data. And Snowden’s dissatisfaction with his beautiful exotic dancer wife and a rather comfortable lifestyle in a quiet suburb in picturesque Hawaii only reinforces the case of narcissism. 

Unlike late 1960s era RAND Corporation leaker and Vietnam War veteran Daniel Ellsberg who leaked sensitive top secret Pentagon documents pertaining to the U.S. government’s rather controversial involvement in the Vietnam War, Edward Snowden fled away from the United States and didn’t surrender to the authorities. While Daniel Ellsberg publicly surrendered to the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts in Boston back in June 28, 1971 after Ellsberg shared top secret documents to New York Times correspondent Neil Sheehan back in June 13, 1971. While 21st Century era leaker Edward Snowden remained on the lam until this day, Daniel Ellsberg was willing to serve the 115 year prison sentence for violating the Espionage Act of 1917just to expose the unjust and malfeasant way the Vietnam War was being run by the US government at the time which further earned the ire of then US Defense Secretary Robert s, McNamara and then US President Richard M. Nixon. 

The George Zimmerman Shooting Of Trayvon Martin: 21st Century Lynching?

Even though he got a not guilty verdict due to a quirky “Sand Your Ground” law in Florida, is the neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman’s shooting of Trayvon Martin tantamount to lynching? 

By: Ringo Bones 

The tragic, senseless and preventable shooting death of a young African-African teenage boy mistaken for a prowler by an overzealous neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman that happened back in February 26, 2012 in Sanford, Florida has surprisingly reached a not guilty verdict on the neighborhood watchman on all counts of murder and manslaughter due to a quirky and arcane “Stand Your Ground” law in Florida that allows any gun owner to shoot a perceived intruder committing a trespassing offense even if the intruder poses no immediate threat to the gun owner. Given that the U.S. Civil Rights Movement that gave equality to African-Americans is now over 50 years old, does the shooting death of an unarmed African-American teenage boy by an overzealous neighborhood watchman who was clearly stalking and spoiling for a confrontation with that said young man tantamount to a 21st Century lynching? 

The Jena 6 incident during the Bush administration and the namby-pamby way it was handled by that administration only makes me wonder if African-Americans have truly achieved equality in the United States over half a century after the Civil Rights Movement. Such tragic incidents only makes the aging 78-RPM shellac of Billie Holyday’s Strange Fruit that I had been started to play since 2006 seems strangely up-to-date topical in our largely colorless and limp-sounding digital music download age. The only silver lining of the tragic Trayvon Martin shooting is that the demonstrations and rallies called by leading African-American leaders like the Rev. Al Sharpton in major cities across the United States against the unjust not guilty verdict granted to former neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman had been peaceful so far. Not unlike the not guilty verdict granted to those LAPD personnel in 1992 that were clearly caught on tape inflicting police brutality on Rodney King a year before that resulted in widespread rioting over 20 years ago.