Rand Paul Suggests Snowden And Clapper Share A Prison Cell http://t.co/kPDCzcRC3T
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) January 5, 2014
— billmon (@billmon1) January 5, 2014
From Politico, c2:35pm Thursday:
Rep. Peter King went on an anti-New York Times tirade on Thursday afternoon, deriding the paper of record as a “disgrace” and calling on Americans to “reject” it for its editorial calling for clemency for Edward Snowden.
“Their editorial today and their whole pattern over the last several years, they’ve really made themselves a blame-America-first rag as far as I’m concerned, and why we exalt The New York Times is beyond me,” the New York Republican said on Fox News. “They go out of their way to be apologists for terrorists and go after those in law enforcement and military who are trying to win this war.”
King, who has long been a defender and proponent of the National Security Agency, called the editors “a disgrace” and said he wishes they “cared more about America than they did about the rights of terrorists’ appeasers.” King said NSA programs do not violate the privacy of Americans and that lives are saved because of them…
Not quite an hour later:
Update 3:25p.m.: As several of our Twitter followers have pointed out, King calling the Times “apologists for terrorists” is a little ironic, considering he was once “one of the nation’s most outspoken supporters of the Irish Republican Army and a prolific fundraiser for the Irish Northern Aid Committee (NorAid), allegedly the IRA’s American fundraising arm” as noted by this 2011 Mother Jones piece….
The NYTimes has since doubled down on its call for some form of clemency.
competitor critic, Paul Carr, agrees “… Snowden might be an unlikeable sort, but justice rarely concerns itself with likable sorts. Phil Spector was offered a plea deal, OJ was offered a plea deal, as were Jack Abramoff, Scooter Libby, Bernie Madoff, Paris Hilton and Bruno Mars. Fortunately we — by which I mean Americans, and Brits like me — are fortunate to live in a country where being an ass, a hypocrite, or even a scoundrel, doesn’t deny one access to justice….For all of his arrogance and his muddled, me-me-millennial politics, there’s no denying that Snowden’s outrage at government spying (in the US at least) is authentic, or that, like Chelsea Manning before him, he at least made some effort to get his superiors to listen to him before he went public. Simply put, Snowden is proof that you can be both a whistle-blower and a blowhard: a whistle-blowhard.”
Personally, I like this guy’s suggestion:
… Bring him home. Sentence him to time served in Putin’s Russia. Make it as quiet and uncomplicated as possible. And let the debate — and real reform — go on without him. He deserves to live in this country in as much peace as Orlando Bosch did, and with as many career opportunities as have been afforded Elliott Abrams and Ollie North, who did not release information for free but, rather, some missiles to terror states for money.