Snowden should be protected under U.S. law
Congress needs to end limitless spying on U.S. citizens and support amnesty for Edward Snowden, who revealed the extreme overreach of the NSA. Mr. Snowden revealed that the NSA has routinely lied to Congress, which is a serious federal crime. These revelations make him a whistleblower who should be protected under U.S. law.
By their own account the NSA violated privacy laws thousands of times each year. Also NSA hacked into the encryption systems most frequently used on the internet, which throws into question the level of privacy available to internet users.
Multiple federal judges have ruled that the NSA spying program is unconstitutional in violation of the Fourth Amendment. Congress should reform the NSA through bills proposed by Reps. Holt and Sensenbrenner and grant clemency for Mr. Snowden so that he can return to the U.S. without threat of prosecution.
Can’t trust people with no sense of humor
From an early age I recall being told to “Never trust a man who lacks a sense of humor.” The thesis behind such a statement was that the lack of humor indicated the person had no soul … that they were self-centered … could never be trusted … and were always driven to follow their own ideologies with no respect, tolerance or merit shown for those who may differ.
As a kid, these words of wisdom rang hollow. I was raised in a family with an overabundance of humor and had not yet begun to venture beyond the confines of childhood. But, with the passing of time, life experiences gave worth to the theory. I certainly ran into my share of bad guys that did indeed have a sense of humor … but never … never … met a humorless man, of any ilk, that could be trusted.