Members of the European Parliament Vote No to Criminal Charges Against Snowden

Jesse Ventura called Snowden an “American hero” back in February 2014. Now, the continent of Europe has joined the Governor in celebrating a man who deserves to be lifted up on our shoulders, not brought before a court of law.

In a vote of 285 to 281, Members of the European Parliament — made up of representatives from the 28 constituent European Union states — called on all E.U. countries to “drop any criminal charges against Edward Snowden, grant him protection and consequently prevent extradition or rendition by third parties, in recognition of his status as whistle-blower and international human rights defender.”

I highly doubt that if we took that same vote in the U.S. Congress, the numbers would be nearly that close, or that the winds would be in Snowden’s favor. Early last year, Pentagon officials were fantasizing about putting a bullet in Snowden’s head, and this month, Hillary Clinton said in the first Democratic Presidential Debate that Snowden “broke the laws of the United States.”

We are also living in a country where the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) passes with ease in the Senate -- 74 to 21 -- just this week! Instead of more opportunities and laws passed for the NSA to spy on its citizens, we need more whistleblowers, more Edward Snowdens, more John Kiriakous, and more Thomas Drakes.

The government will argue that if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to worry about. Then, why do they redact pages, classify documents for decades, and keep SEVENTEEN SPYING AGENCIES ON THE PAYROLL (all at the taxpayers’ expense). We’re tired of our every move being spied on. Stop breathing over our shoulders, Big Brother, and we can begin to start trusting you to get your damn job done.

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