Congress Flips Out About 'Snowden The Traitor' As They Try To Pass Legislation To Stop The Program He Revealed
from the cognitive-dissonance dept
Congress is quite incredible at times. Compare and contrast the following two articles. First, we’ve got the news that Congress is pushing very, very hard to roll back and limit the various NSA surveillance programs — programs that we only really know the full details about because of the leaks from Ed Snowden to the press. Then, we’ve got a bunch of Senators calling Snowden a traitor and arguing that Russia has “stabbed us in the back” by taking Snowden in. It’s as if they don’t even realize what they’re saying and how fundamentally ridiculous they look:
“Russia has stabbed us in the back, and each day that Mr. Snowden is allowed to roam free is another twist of the knife,” said Senator Chuck Schumer….
[….] “I think this is a troubling pattern,” Ayotte said, pointing to Putin’s support for Syrian dictator Bashar Assad, his crackdown on adoptions and a string of other decisions in which he’s “basically just trampling on what we’ve expressed to him that we want to see happen … we’re not just talking about Snowden here.”
[….] “I think Snowden is a traitor, and Putin did a wrong thing.”… Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told BuzzFeed.
[….] “Russia’s action today is a disgrace and a deliberate effort to embarrass the United States,” McCain said in a statement.
So… he’s a traitor, and Russia has “stabbed us in the back” by allowing him to stay in that country… and… oh yeah… we need to fix this whole spying thing that Congress really sorta kinda knew about all along, but didn’t much care about until Snowden let the public in on it. Incredible.