Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday made more munster-faced, moronic comments about NSA whistleblower and internet freedom fighter Edward Snowden.
Snowden had commented in an NBC interview that he had not intended to take refuge in Russia, but was stuck there en route to Latin America when the US government suspended his passport.
Kerry responded that the whistleblower should “man up,” adding: “The fact is if he cares so much about America and he believes in America, he should trust in the American system of justice.”
That our most senior diplomat still finds it acceptable to utter “man up” as a call to Snowden’s allegiance to a crooked system is a twisted, sadistic logic, indicative of an underlying problem that we didn’t think could get worse after Bush left office: the Obama administration has attacked whistle-blowers perhaps worse than any U.S. regime in history.
Kerry’s went on in his chillingly delusional argument: That if Snowden cared about America, he would return to it with faith that the US justice system is to be trusted. It would take tomes to list even a portion of the problems plaguing US justice.
To name a few: America incarcerates more of its population and more people per se than any other nation of earth, more than half of which are males, ripping more fathers away from our families in times when they are needed most. The most rapes in the country are male on male, occurring inside of these government cages. 95 percent of criminal cases don’t even go to trial, but end in pleas because of the vast power held by prosecutors and vile minimum sentencing laws. Even though officials in charge of filling prisons to fund the endlessly absurd drug war do not care what color you are, 40 percent of our prison population is black (compared to 13 percent of the total population). The litany of harm is long and dark. No one, fugitive whistleblower or otherwise, should heed Kerry’s call to “trust in the American justice system.”
Snowden’s allegiance is to that old myth ‘America the free,’ while Kerry aligns uncritically with ‘America the State.’
Chelsea Manning’s 35-year sentence, hacktivist Jeremy Hammond’s ten-year sentence for his involvement in the Anonymous Stratfor hack, the jailing of former CIA analyst John Kiriakou for talking about torture all give Snowden ample reason for distrust. As, too, does the revelation this week that the White House Press Office accidentally released the name of a top CIA operative in Afghanistan — a potentially life-threatening leak, for which no one will be punished. The message rings loud from the executive: Do as I say, not as I do.
Kerry’s words carry another troubling message. The underlying logic of his comment conflates “America” with the “American justice system.” But if US justice is an avatar for America, it stands not as a representative but rather as an opponent to millions of Americans. And therein lies a fundamental difference between those who see Snowden as hero and those who see him as an enemy.
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