Whistleblower Edward Snowden Followed the Constitution


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by Michael Peroutka, Institute on the Constitution

Last week whistleblower Edward Snowden turned 30. That makes him roughly half as old as I am.

Originally from North Carolina, until recently Mr. Snowden worked as a System Administrator for a company known as Booz, Allen, Hamilton. In the course of his work, he became aware of massive illegality on the part of his employer and the Federal Government.

Upon learning the details of purposeful government violations of the Fourth Amendment’s protection of privacy – the right to be left alone from government snooping without a probable cause to believe that a crime has been committed – he decided to reveal details of the criminal spying activity of the government.

As a result, he has been charged, among other things, with theft of government property.

Many in the press have vilified him as someone who violated his contract with his employer. They think he should be punished for failing to keep these criminal activities secret. We disagree.

In fact, based on what we know, we believe that Mr. Snowden is an American hero.

You see, Mr. Snowden, and the government, are bound by the Supreme Law of the Land – the Constitution, and his allegiance to that document, to the American people and to God (see Ephesians 5:11) require him to expose violations of the law. We are grateful that he did so.

We can certainly understand the desperate desire for the government and its lapdog media to demonize him, since this serves to deflect attention from their own wrongdoing, but remember, the government that labels him a criminal, has a long record of criminal conduct itself.