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Snowden Doing His Duty

As far as I know, Snowden was doing his duty to report violations to the 4th Amendment. Consider this. I found this by entering "Requirements of reporting crimes" in a search engine.

"Federal Crime Reporting Statute

The federal offense of failure to disclose a felony, if coupled with some act concealing the felony, such as suppression of evidence, harboring or protecting the person performing the felony, intimidation or harming a witness, or any other act designed to conceal from authorities the fact that a crime has been committed.

Title 18 U.S.C. § 4. Misprision of felony. Whoever, having knowledge of the actual commission of a felony cognizable by a court of the United States, conceals and does not as soon as possible make known the same to some judge or other person in civil or military authority under the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.

A federal judge, or any other government official, is required as part of the judge's mandatory administrative duties, to receive any offer of information of a federal crime. If that judge blocks such report, that block is a felony under related obstruction of justice statutes, and constitutes a serious offense.

Upon receiving such information, the judge is then required to make it known to a government law enforcement body that is not themselves involved in the federal crime.

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Misprision of a Felony

Misprision of a felony is the offense of failure to inform government authorities of a felony that a person knows about. A person commits the crime of misprision of a felony if that person:

Knows of a federal crime that the person has witnessed or that has come to the person's attention, or failed to prevent.


Fails to report it to a federal judge or other federal official (who is not thems4elves involved in the crime).

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Another Federal Statute for Forcing A
Federal Officer To Perform a Mandatory Duty

Another federal statute exists for reporting high-level corruption in government:

Title 28 U.S.C. § 1361. Action to compel an officer of the United States to perform his duty. The district courts shall have original jurisdiction of any action in the nature of mandamus to compel an officer or employee of the United States or any agency thereof to perform a duty owed to the plaintiff.

This federal statute permits any citizen to file a lawsuit in the federal courts to obtain a court order requiring a federal official to perform a mandatory duty and to halt unlawful acts. This statute is Title 28 U.S.C. § 1361.

These two statutes are among the most powerful tools in the hands of the people, even a single person, to report corrupt and criminal activities by federal officials−including federal judges−and to circumvent the blocks by those in key positions in the three branches of government. That statute was also repeatedly blocked by federal judges and Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court."

So what do you think? Sounds like the U.S. government is trying to block Snowdens' reporting of a crime.




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His duty or

his job???

meekandmild's picture

Get you state to file criminal & civil charges against NSA

Each state constitution mirrors the bill of rights. the state can bring charges on violation of due process as well as other crimes committed by the US Federal government

Get State to bring charges?

Get the State to bring charges? WTP have more power than the State. And do you think they will file to our benefit? From what I've seen it would be tricky wording designed to accommodate them but written so as if to accommodate us. For example, Obamacare, Immigration, Juries! Even cash for clunkers. Now there's a new issue out there cash for clunker appliances. Seems like they want to ensure everyone has to get those smart appliances. Nothing but deceit.

Snowden's Duty Answered by Ohio AG

I sent the Snowden Duty as regards, Title 18, Sec. 4 and Title 28 Sec. 1361 to the Ohio AG Mike DeWine. I asked three questions.

"Q1. Doesn't the above information mean that Edward Snowden was doing his duty in reporting what he thought was a crime against the 4th Amendment?
Q2. Doesn't the above information mean that if I, upon information and belief and do believe, that a crime of blocking by the U.S. government against Snowden's report by attempting to capture him and harass him and by other means, am I not also held to the same reporting duties and must report this? And who do I report this to that is not involved in the crime?
Q3. And by me informing you of my beliefs, aren't you now in that same situation of being aware of the believed crime of blocking? Who are you going to report this believed crime to, in order for you to be in compliance with your duty to report a believed crime so that you do not "Fails to report it to a federal judge or other federal official (who is not themselves involved in the crime)? Key phrase "not themselves involved".
Your comments please.
Explain how Title 18 and 28 above affects Snowden's situation, my situation, and your situation. I am not a lawyer, please speak plainly."

Today I received the AG's answer as follows:

"Dear Joseph,

Thank you for contacting the Ohio Attorney General's Office regarding your interest in an opinion concerning the federal crime reporting statute.

Your communication appears to be requesting a formal Attorney General opinion. Since the Attorney General's office serves to provide legal counsel only to governmental agencies, a formal opinion must be requested by either a county prosecuting attorney or a state agency. Absent a written request of that nature, we may not offer legal opinions under state law. Additionally, as this involves federal law, our office, as a state agency, would not be involved in such matters.

Again, thank you for contacting our office. If we can ever be of assistance to you in the future, feel free to contact us.

Very respectfully yours,

Simone Morgen
Constituent Liaison
Constituent Services"

Interesting. What do you people think about this answer?

I think

that is the power on being on a GOP committee where you have contacts and pull and the ability to get a congressperson to ask the question for you.

All power is vested in WTP.

Since all power is vested in WTP, why would I need to go through a middleman such as some GOP politician? That's what's wrong in all this. WTP are treated like low life. But we are the true government. Those elected or appointed politicians are just representatives of the government, namely representatives of WTP. WTP have more power than the State, but you would never know it from the way they treat us.

WTP has it's ranks

Wee the people have been reduced to consumers.. as for being the true government.. we were sold out.

I think time goes marching on, left/right/left/right.. and wee the people have/not/have/not power.. I believe the power shift is coming back to wee the people.. I just hope it is not like Arab Spring or Syria civil war.

Snowdenoing His Duty

I noticed that no one has addressed Title 18 and 28. Are people not sure whether Snowden was doing his job according to these 2 Titles?

fireant's picture

I think he should come home

If he has more info to release, release it and return. The reason for going out of country was because it would have been impossible to inform the public any other way. He has certainly jumped that hurdle, and he has so much support now, it could create an "Egyptian moment" here. His life is screwed anyway on the run. He actually may do more good for the cause by returning.
Having said that, I'm not in his shoes, and am open to other views...

Undo what Wilson did

I agree...

I think he should drop everything he's got right now why he can because clearly they are looking to hunt him down and shut him up.

Right now he is on defense because of the msm. Snowden needs to put the gvt. on defense. The damage to him is already done.

I think the majority would support him...especially if he can really drop some heavy shit on them.

How can you guys think that?

How can you guys think that? Clearly, if he comes back he will be put in solitary and get a secret show trial. Why would he want to return to that? What good is that? Its not like supporters will break him out of jail or he'll get his day in court. If that were possible, would not Bradley Manning have had a fair and speedy trial? There is a lot of crazy things going down with our justice system right now.