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Snowden Video: Immoral cannot be made moral through the use of secret law

Hello. My name is Ed Snowden. A little over one month ago, I had family, a home in paradise, and I lived in great comfort. I also had the capability without any warrant to search for, seize, and read your communications. Anyone’s communications at any time. That is the power to change people’s fates.

First Video of statement:

http://youtu.be/9RsZJSuhIts
Full audio: http://iroots.org/2013/07/12/snowden-immoral-cannot-be-made-...

It is also a serious violation of the law. The 4th and 5th Amendments to the Constitution of my country, Article 12 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and numerous statutes and treaties forbid such systems of massive, pervasive surveillance. While the US Constitution marks these programs as illegal, my government argues that secret court rulings, which the world is not permitted to see, somehow legitimize an illegal affair. These rulings simply corrupt the most basic notion of justice – that it must be seen to be done. The immoral cannot be made moral through the use of secret law.

I believe in the principle declared at Nuremberg in 1945: “Individuals have international duties which transcend the national obligations of obedience. Therefore individual citizens have the duty to violate domestic laws to prevent crimes against peace and humanity from occurring.”

Accordingly, I did what I believed right and began a campaign to correct this wrongdoing. I did not seek to enrich myself. I did not seek to sell US secrets. I did not partner with any foreign government to guarantee my safety. Instead, I took what I knew to the public, so what affects all of us can be discussed by all of us in the light of day, and I asked the world for justice.

That moral decision to tell the public about spying that affects all of us has been costly, but it was the right thing to do and I have no regrets.

Since that time, the government and intelligence services of the United States of America have attempted to make an example of me, a warning to all others who might speak out as I have. I have been made stateless and hounded for my act of political expression. The United States Government has placed me on no-fly lists. It demanded Hong Kong return me outside of the framework of its laws, in direct violation of the principle of non-refoulement – the Law of Nations. It has threatened with sanctions countries who would stand up for my human rights and the UN asylum system. It has even taken the unprecedented step of ordering military allies to ground a Latin American president’s plane in search for a political refugee. These dangerous escalations represent a threat not just to the dignity of Latin America, but to the basic rights shared by every person, every nation, to live free from persecution, and to seek and enjoy asylum.

Yet even in the face of this historically disproportionate aggression, countries around the world have offered support and asylum. These nations, including Russia, Venezuela, Bolivia, Nicaragua, and Ecuador have my gratitude and respect for being the first to stand against human rights violations carried out by the powerful rather than the powerless. By refusing to compromise their principles in the face of intimidation, they have earned the respect of the world. It is my intention to travel to each of these countries to extend my personal thanks to their people and leaders.

I announce today my formal acceptance of all offers of support or asylum I have been extended and all others that may be offered in the future. With, for example, the grant of asylum provided by Venezuela’s President Maduro, my asylee status is now formal, and no state has a basis by which to limit or interfere with my right to enjoy that asylum. As we have seen, however, some governments in Western European and North American states have demonstrated a willingness to act outside the law, and this behavior persists today. This unlawful threat makes it impossible for me to travel to Latin America and enjoy the asylum granted there in accordance with our shared rights.

This willingness by powerful states to act extra-legally represents a threat to all of us, and must not be allowed to succeed. Accordingly, I ask for your assistance in requesting guarantees of safe passage from the relevant nations in securing my travel to Latin America, as well as requesting asylum in Russia until such time as these states accede to law and my legal travel is permitted. I will be submitting my request to Russia today, and hope it will be accepted favorably.

If you have any questions, I will answer what I can.

Via: http://wikileaks.org/Statement-by-Edward-Snowden-to.html
Live blog: http://iroots.org/?p=19587



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Something seems off...

just a gut feeling.

"Government is not reason; it is not eloquence. It is force. And force, like fire, is a dangerous servant and a fearful master." George Washington

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"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.

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"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

Full audio of the press conference here

Updated HERE: http://iroots.org/2013/07/12/snowden-immoral-cannot-be-made-...

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Makes no difference whether the law is secret or not

Immoral cannot be made moral through the use of ANY law! Read the most dangerous superstition by Larken Rose, for more details.

If

someone in Russia would come forward and marry Snowden. Wouldn't he then become eligible to become a a Russian Citizen? Just asking, I know that is a big step, but maybe a way to get out of the airport.

It's time! Rand Paul 2016!

"Truth, Justice, and the American Way!"

If snowjob is so popular

why doesn't someone get him a new shirt?

this dwarfs the David/Goliath story

never has one man struck such a blow to such massive evil.
nothing comes even remotely close to it.

he's a saint....

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I would say David and Goliath trumps this still

David didn't have a doubt in his mind he could slay Goliath. David brought 5 stones with him, not because he might miss, but because Goliath had 4 brothers.

Davids skill with a sling, was uncanny, said to be able to hit a strand of hair from across a field.

Snowden is not as sure of the outcome, although I'm sure he hopes or prays every night to remain safe, his future is less certain than Davids.

Although maybe he does have the faith he will overcome this as David did, I cannot speak for him, i just doubt many today have the faith David did.

Legality and Right

What is legal is not always what is right AND what is right is not always what is legal.

No one can argue against that.

U.S. Presidents along with tyrants would have you believe what is legal is what is right even if only legal through secret law.

Total BS.

Lawful

I'd extend what you're saying to add that what is legal is not always lawful and what is lawful is not always legal. What is right is always lawful and what is lawful is always right.

all that Hitler did was "legal", . . .

and all of the Framers were "traitors"

This is history, folks

1st video of statement added.

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Stand with Snowden 2016 :)

Dear Snowjob NWO UN operative

PRIVACY is an IMPORTANT, if not the MOST important, aspect of SELF DEFENSE.

You assume Americans don't KNOW what the Patriot I & II did?

The BIG secret is that the USA, since Truman and his Un-American UN, designed to end American SOVREIGNITY, and entangle us in global endless wars, is what is destroying our constitution and replacing it with precidents for a global government. YOU are just a cog UN MSM has lifted up in a, "Where's Snowjob", campaign, to install FEAR and HATE to our government. It's not a perfect government, but it sure beats the governments of the UN suckers you are running to for "asylum", communists and dictators.

Why run Snowjob? You didn't murder anyone. You didn't steal money. Thank you for admitting what many of us suspected about you from the beginning. You're nothing but a UN globalist. "Nation of laws." LOL! Look no further than Palestine to see what good the UN nation of laws is.

Adios and good riddance.

Edward Snowden is an

Edward Snowden is an International Superstar and Super Hero. His name will be remembered and loved long after the memory of Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman extinguish. Get over it.

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Well at least

Well at least you provide catchy tunes :-)

I did not vote this post down, but I did down vote the others.

Have a blessed weekend, Granger :-)

"What if the American people learn the truth" - Ron Paul

TY ((((PAF)))))

cheers!!!

Granger, I have been dealing

Granger, I have been dealing with you from the beginning of your tenure here at the Daily Paul, and I must say, that you are a very effective troll with no consistent principles whatsoever. You play a strong troll role. A very effective strong troll role. Very very effective. I am impressed.

However, your downvotes tell a clear story that not many of us are not affected by your vitriolic inconsistencies which are almost *always* clearly anti-liberty.

Good eventual riddance to you, and I look forward to absolute good riddance to all bad rubbish.

I was here 7 months before you were

So I have been here since before you were ever here by over a half a year.

Peace be with you.

Old trolls die hard. But, I

Old trolls die hard.

But, I have been here on many screen names. I was in New Hampshire in 2007. Sometimes you are right on Granger, but many more times, you have left me completely flabbergasted. I can't help but think you are an ingenious troll.

May the peace of God which passes all understanding, be with you, now and forever.

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This is my one and only screen name. If I ever change it, I'll be OLD TROLL (((((((foontala))))))))).

God Bless you for your beautiful blessing to me. Amen.

I have an idea

Bradley Manning and Adam Kokesh - did they murder anybody?
U do know the treatment that both of them are still receiving correct?
Where do you think Edwards Snowden falls in comparison to those two individuals?

I have an idea.. why don't you at the very least take a look at previous past examples when somebody turns themselves in or is caught by the American government... how much of the story of their side do you really hear when this happens?

I'm not saying that you are 100 percent absolutely incorrect.. however the conviction in your words make you come across that you feel you are with absolute certainty 100 percent correct.
The bottom line is you're merely speculating for your judgement.. nothing more

Thank you! *bump*

Thank you!

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