Donald Trump Thinks The Extradition Process Is Too Slow, Suggests Just Killing Edward Snowden

from the oh...-so-that-hairdo's-called-an-'asshat' dept

I'm not sure at which point Fox News' "Fox & Friends" decided Donald Trump held a valid opinion on anything beyond bankruptcy proceedings and divorce settlements, but the hosts went ahead and let the man talk (about current affairs, no less).

Trump has no time in his busy life for due process or anything else we Americans take for granted in our justice system. There's only one way to deal with a "spy" like Edward Snowden.

"You know, spies in the old days used to be executed," Trump said. "This guy is becoming a hero in some circles. Now, I will say, with the passage of time, even people that were sort of liking him and were trying to go on his side are maybe dropping out… We have to get him back and we have to get him back fast. It could take months or it could take years, and that would be pathetic."
At this point, we're still dealing with the rhetorical. Trump thinks swift justice is the best justice and allowing Snowden to roam the earth somewhat freely is "pathetic." The severely wounded pride of the Republic can't bear the weight of another leak. Trump goes back against his first statement with his followup.
"This guy's a bad guy and, you know, there's still a thing called execution," he went on. "You really have to take a strong… You have thousands of people with access to material like this. We're not going to have a country any longer."
It no longer sounds like Trump wants Snowden taken into custody. It sounds more like he'd prefer someone to put out a hit on him. Again, Trump's concern for this glorious nation of ours drives his soulful plea to kill an American citizen who's only been charged with embarrassing his betters espionage and "theft" of government property.

Of course, Trump doesn't have the power to see this action carried out. But, then again, neither does the government. Snowden isn't a "spy" and hasn't been charged with treason, one of the few federal crimes that includes execution as a punishment option. So, this is just Trump fantasizing about putting Snowden down because he doesn't like what he's done.

As for "not having a country any longer," does this mean Trump is happy with the status quo? The country we have currently is the country we want? Snowden's leaks exposed the government for what it is: a complicit entity that carries water for security agencies and g-men. This is a country whose citizens' rights are being sacrificed on the cross of safety. We hardly have a "country" as it is -- at least not one that would be easily recognized by the founding fathers. And this is what would be saved by the death of Edward Snowden? This is what would be preserved by spilling blood in order to stem the flow previously suppressed information?

If so, who wants it? I know I don't. But if Trump feels this sort of thing is necessary to "protect" the nation, then it's certainly the country he deserves.

Filed Under: donald trump, ed snowden, edward snowden, execution

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    wthoutadbt (profile), 25 Jun 2013 @ 10:56am

    I Used to Like Donald Trump

    Thanks for your website and a well-written article. During the Cold War and before, no one questioned their government, government could do no wrong, wave the flag, don't question, just accept what they tell you, etc. But today, something has changed. We have people who are siding with Snowden (as opposed to the government) and concluding that what he did was right. Why would this be so? I can't put my finger on it but I believe a new awareness, an awakening is taking place. The shackles and blinders are falling of. The putrid, stinking slime that are government deception and lies that have been ongoing for years are finally being exposed. People are taking sides and the numbers are frightening especially when they conflict with the lame excuses coming from the government regarding why this massive spy program PRISM was created in the first place. I used to like Donald Trump and respected him. But after the remarks he made regarding Snowden, no more. What drove Snowden to release this information in the first place? How was he able to access it? Did he have any idea how much peril he would be putting himself in? And what other data does he still have that has not been made public? These are still questions that beg answers but at the present time, I believe Snowden is someone to be heralded as coming forward, exposing the most massive spying operation on the American people ever. Then they say that it is all for our benefit as it was put into place, after 9-11, to catch terrorists. Okay, then, answer this question...How is it that we will not secure and protect our southern border? The Constitution mandates that our borders be secured by our military, in order to protect the American people. We have Mexican drug cartels in bed with Hezbollah who are freely traveling back and forth. And the government continues to look the other way. Instead, they paint the ones raising the alarm as the bad guy and ignore the real enemy right in our own backyard. And how can we call ourselves free men and women when we learn about what's been going on behind our backs, by our own government? Time to take the country back.

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