NSA Whistle-Blower’s Father In Open Letter To Son: ‘You Are A Modern Day Paul Revere Summoning The American People To Confront The Growing Danger Of Tyranny

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National Security Agency whistle-blower Edward Snowden has summoned Americans to “confront the growing danger of tyranny,” according to an open letter published by his father Lonnie Snowden and Attorney Bruce Fein.

Here is the text of the letter:

July 2, 2013

Edward Joseph Snowden

Moscow

Dear Edward:

I, Bruce Fein, am writing this letter in collaboration with your father in response to the Statement you issued yesterday in Moscow.

Thomas Paine, the voice of the American Revolution, trumpeted that a patriot saves his country from his government.

What you have done and are doing has awakened congressional oversight of the intelligence community from deep slumber; and, has already provoked the introduction of remedial legislation in Congress to curtail spying abuses under section 215 of the Patriot Act and section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. You have forced onto the national agenda the question of whether the American people prefer the right to be left alone from government snooping absent probable cause to believe crime is afoot to vassalage in hopes of a risk-free existence. You are a modern day Paul Revere summoning the American people to confront the growing danger of tyranny and one branch government.

In contrast to your actions, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper responded last March as follows to an unambiguous question raised by Senator Ron Wyden:

“Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?” Clapper testified, “No sir, it does not.” Wyden asked for clarification, and Clapper hedged: “Not wittingly. There are cases where they could inadvertently, perhaps, collect, but not wittingly.”

Director Clapper later defended his stupendous mendacity to the Senator as the least untruthful answer possible. President Obama has not publicly rebuked the Director for frustrating the right of the people to know what their government is doing and to force changes if necessary through peaceful democratic processes. That is the meaning of government by the consent of the governed. “We the people” are sovereign under the U.S. Constitution, and government officials are entrusted with stewardship (not destruction) of our liberties.

We leave it to the American people to decide whether you or Director Clapper is the superior patriot.

The history of civilization is a history of brave men and women refusing to bow to government wrongdoing or injustice, and exalting knowledge, virtue, wisdom, and selflessness over creature comforts as the North Star of life. We believe your actions fall within that honorable tradition, a conviction we believe is shared by many.

As regards your reduction to de facto statelessness occasioned by the Executive Branch to penalize your alleged violations of the Espionage Act, the United States Supreme Court lectured in Trop v. Dulles (1958): “The civilized nations of the world are in virtual unanimity that statelessness is not to be imposed as punishment for crime.”

We think you would agree that the final end of the state is to make men and women free to develop their faculties, not to seek planetary domination through force, violence or spying. All Americans should have a fair opportunity to pursue their ambitions. Politics should not be a football game with winners and losers featuring juvenile taunts over fumbles or missteps.

Irrespective of life’s vicissitudes, we will be unflagging in efforts to educate the American people about the impending ruination of the Constitution and the rule of law unless they abandon their complacency or indifference. Your actions are making our challenge easier.

We encourage you to engage us in regular exchanges of ideas or thoughts about approaches to curing or mitigating the hugely suboptimal political culture of the United States. Nothing less is required to pay homage to Valley Forge, Cemetery Ridge, Omaha Beach, and other places of great sacrifice.

Very truly yours,

Bruce Fein

Counsel for Lon Snowden

Lon Snowden

The younger Snowden remains stateless and has spent the past several days awaiting potential asylum from one of more than a dozen countries he’s pleaded with for assistance. President Barack Obama remains consistent in his calls for the international community to make efforts to return Snowden to the United States where he faces prosecution for espionage for alerting the public to the NSA’s communications spying dragnet.

Sam Rolley

Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After covering community news and politics, Rolley took a position at Personal Liberty Media Group where could better hone his focus on his true passions: national politics and liberty issues. In his daily columns and reports, Rolley works to help readers understand which lies are perpetuated by the mainstream media and to stay on top of issues ignored by more conventional media outlets.

  • squeeze127

    Dear Mr. Fein,
    The man is a traitor and will be treated as such

    • TRUEAmerican

      “The man,” huh? You mean the one in the White House who’s trying every day to REWARD Illegal Aliens, Help countries formerly considered our ENEMIES and refused to allow anybody to help those people in Bengazai??? You BET HE’S A TRAITOR!!! And HE should be IMPEACHED before he has a chance to willingly step down

      • buck

        Amen to that TRUEAmerican. There’s also maybe a couple of hundred(?) in our current and recent past Congress that should be held as traitors, then tried and convicted as such.
        I keep wondering when the “sheeple” are gonna awaken….

      • squeeze127

        The man is Snowden, if all he divulged was info on American citizens, I would back him. He is giving away secrets!

    • Ad Man

      Go back to school and learn your history!

      • squeeze127

        Drink the Progressive’s Kool-Aid Manny, Ad Man. Snowden is a tool and a traitor. High school drop outs don’t get Top Secret Info. He’s a stool pigeon for someone else. Heroes and whistleblowers don’t run to Commie countries. His life is over, no country wants a traitor. Manny I paid my dues in Vietnam, and youi can take your capital letters and plant it where the sun don’t shine.

        • MANNY

          SPEAKING OF “TOOLS AND TRAITORS” OUR NEWEST SECRETARY OF STATE WAS A “HERO AND WHISTLE-BLOWER” WHO RAN TO THE COMMIES AFTER TAKING RICE SHRAPNEL IN HIS ASS. SO MUCH FOR PAYING DUES IN ‘NAM. RICE IS BIGGER THAN CAPITAL LETTERS. ASK JOHN KERRY.

          MY PREVIOUS REPLY STANDS.

          P.S. DO YOU STILL FLY-FISH WHEN NOBODY’S WATCHING?

          • squeeze127

            The Man is divulging more than what you think! There is more going on than you realize. I am one of the most conservative people you would run into! I happen to have been exposed to info that the average joe blow never sees. This man being a high school drop out and having a Top Secret w/Crypto Access Clearance raises red flags. A techie that gets info that is only available to people that “Need to Know” raises another red flag, why wasn’t this info encrypted is another red flag, how does he get a thumb drive into position to get this info when it is nearly impossible to have a drive while in that network raises yet another red flag! The issue that needs addressed is the Patriot Act. That is what allows them to track Americans conversing with Americans. There is a way to deal with that issue other than running to our enemies and divulging more than what you are hearing about! I have issues with our POTUS and disagree with 90% of what he is doing to our country. He took an oath and obligation to preserve and protect our Constitution, foreign and domestic! Our Constitution is being destroyed, and the Patriot Act started with Bush. The combination of all that’s going on (IRS, NSA, Benghazi, EPA) show where this administration is going with their power!

        • Ad Man

          squeeze 127
          I am a fiscal conservative, not a progressive and I know you are pissed off, I’m pissed off too. I hate traitors just as much as you do, just look at Obama and his administration. However, when I see a real patriot who is willing to risk his future, even his very life for the protection of his beloved country and freedom… just like you did, then I stand down and take my hat off to him. There really are true believers in the constitution who are prepared to lay their life on the line. You’ve already proved that in Nam.

        • MANNY

          HEY SQUEEZIE,
          WHEREFORE ART THOU COMING FROMIST?
          EXPLAIN YOUR VIEW ON “THE MAN” OVER A TOKE ON THE PEACE PIPE WITH US.
          WHETHER A “STOOGE” OR IN THE KNOW, IF HE HADN’T SPLIT HE’D OF ENDED UP WITH A 9MM IN HIM LIKE “ADAM LANZA”.

          TALKA ME’ CHICU. LET’S CONVERSATE.
          OH, AND PLEASE BE GRACIOUS ENOUGH TO FORGIVE MY “CAPS”. IT’S HARD TO EMPLOY PROPER PUNCTUATION WHEN FORCED TO TYPE WITH ONE HAND. THE OTHER IS OF NO USE FOR TYPING. IT REFUSES TO STOP CARESSING MY GLOCK.

    • vicki

      Why yes obama does appear to be a traitor. Along with a lot of other government agents.

    • MANNY

      FOOLISH BASTARD. YOU PARTAKE OF THE FREEDOMS AND FRUIT OF THIS LAND WHILST YOU DESERVE NEITHER AND SHALL PERISH IN YOUR STATE BRED STUPIDITY AND IGNORANCE.
      “AND AS ALWAYS, HAVE NICE DAY.”

    • vietnamvet1971

      As a vietnam vet I served & fought a war that was so unpopular that us vietnam vets were treated like dogs by Most people, I fought so you can sound your opinion BUT our country is being lead by a Tyrant and you need to wake up to that Fact.

      • squeeze127

        We have been led by a tyrant for a long time , FDR, Wilson, and Teddy R. could all be considered tyrants. Spying on you has been done big time since the 20’s. J. Edgar Hoover had the goods on everybody that was a somebody back when digital referred to toes and fingers. Remember U-2’s and Blackbirds??? You honestly think they were reserved for the enemy? Believe that and I have some ocean front property in Arizona to sell you! You have just found out that Big Brother was looking at you, he’s been doin’ that for awhile now!

        • vietnamvet1971

          DUH, I didn’t know that.. Laugh, but this president has made sure he took it to the Higher Limits. Evil is Evil no matter how you look at it.

        • Susan M. VerHalen

          That explains it if you are from Arizona! You probably still believe John McCain is a Republican!

          • squeeze127

            McCain is a RHINO and DIRT (Democrat In Republican Togs), he needs replaced! I am nowhere near Arizona! Still don’t believe you are checked up on? Look at Google Earth and find your address, look familiar? Look at Google streets and find your place, again look familiar? Those are just what John Q. Public can see. Wonder what those Drones that Choombama sent out to America are seeing? Most of what NSA does is legit, some of it is dark! Snowden is a traitor!

    • Sarah417

      So, squeeze127 you would like to keep your eyes wide shut and let all your freedoms be taken away?
      Snowden is a patriot and a hero. To him I say do the best with your life outside of America. The Lord will reward a pure heart.

      • squeeze127

        Aahh Sarah, there is sooo much more to this story than you are seeing! Just wish you could comprehend what is happening. Please read ALL of the Patriot Act to see what all it contains. Quite a bit is good, and some is very shady in wording. What is shady is where people are getting riled up. Tell me Sarah, just when do patriots and heroes run to an enemy and divulge classified info???? What you think that is wrong with your rights is a small bit of what this man is divulging!!! He is giving away secrets and they aren’t your phone calls or E-mail!

        • Susan M. VerHalen

          I cannot believe you still trust anything our President or his aids in the white house claim about Snowden. He did not give any secrets away to other countries. He is just telling Americans they are being spied on illegally by their own government, and our rights are being trampled. Unlike you, I like the Bill of Rights and plan to keep them, thank you! I will fight against any government that tries to steal them away!

          • squeeze127

            Susan, quit drinking that Kool-Aid! You are so far out in left field you don’t even know it. No.1 I am as conservative as they come, Choombama is not a friend of this country! The Bill of Rights and this Constitution is sacred to me, I took an oath to defend it! Unlike you, I see what this man has done, he IS giving away secrets to the enemy, AND THEY ARE NOT YOUR PHONE/E-MAIL RECORDS! If all he did was to disclose info on you being monitored I would defend him, but he is giving away info that is secret. Whistleblowers and patriots don’t run to China or Russia to disclose wrong doings. Don’t be a sheeple and listen to other people! Open your eyes and do some research for yourself!

        • Barack Embalmer

          Sheeple, what is shady is you. So Mr. knowitall When do patriots and heroes cover for criminal acts committed on the American people!?

          • squeeze127

            Well Mr. Timbo, you too are the Kool-Aid drinker. The man is giving away secrets and you worry about someone listening in on your phone call! They are NOT listening in on your precious little phone calls, they are taping them. He is giving out info that is top secret. Well Mr. TIMBO, when did patriots run to China and Russia? You must think that China and Russia want to hear your phone calls if you think that is all this traitor is saying, dummy up idiot!

          • Barack Embalmer

            Snowden is a hero, he could be just what we need to run you rats out of Washington and I don’t care that much about phone calls, Im not a criminal.They have been doing that for a long time now. I think snowden could blow the lid off of the whole charade with this corrupt administration and that is more important than anything! Impeachment.?……………….Idiot

    • Don 2

      When the government pleads the fifth – Tyranny is already here!

      • squeeze127

        The Government NEVER pleads the 5th! This case it is Top Secret and you don’t have the clearance OR the need to know! Tyranny has been with us since the 20th Century began!

  • AN OLD SEABEE

    the traitors are the interloper in the white house, and those on Capitol Hill who support him. those who tell the truth are the PATRIOTS!!

  • Diane Ringen

    To Pete Dosada.
    What the heck?

  • dave

    Well said…and yet the progressives continue to flaunt the “character”. “eloquence” of the phony in the white house. Maybe this will wake a few of them up!

  • $8012302

    It is amazing history places itself in our future once again. The many letters from the American Colonies stated similar plights of the people of this our young nation “to be”. Reading those letters, The Declaration of Independence being the final communication, states the injustices that the King and Parliament imposed on the people of the the colonies. Taxations being the most famous because of its affects on the livelihood of the colonists buy taxing them into near poverty. Freedom form physical restraint and domination being the next of importance to them. Well we are at that point once again and this young man forced “we the people” and the congress to open our eye as to what the underworld of politics and judicial manipulation has done to our freedom and economy. Obama care, using IRS, and the “patriots act” under which DHS uses to threaten our freedom, neither not by law but by bureaucratic rules. Add to those the EPA , NSA and the multitude of other executive flunkies totally limit our health, movement, communication, travel and most dear to us “personal freedom” by trying to take away our personal weapons.. So what will the future historians say about Edward Snowden.”Benedict Arnold” or a “Patrick Henry”. His father has already stated his conclusion. What is yours?

    • Ad Man

      “GIVE ME LIBERTY OR GIVE ME DEATH” is also the battle cry of Edward Snowden! When one makes the commitment, there could no other way. Oh yes… He will be called traitor, fraud, pinko, criminal…but by many he will be called Hero. He just has to prove it.

  • Oliver_K_Manuel

    I agree: Real patriots must speak the truth.

    And the truth is that science became a tool of government propaganda in 1945 out of fear humans might destroy life on Earth if allowed access to information on the energy that destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

    The loss of constitutional rights of US citizens accompanied the corruption of government science, as explained in an open message sent today (2 July 2013) to members of the Space Science & Technology Subcommittee of the US House of Representatives:

    The United States House of Representatives
    Committee on Space Science and Technology
    Washington, DC, USA

    Greetings,

    RE: Open Message on the Corruption of Science:
    The Destruction of Inalienable Rights of Citizens

    Concern for our increasingly unstable society and for those trying to prevent it’s violent eruption by destroying basic constitutional rights of citizens would benefit from your active investigation and support, if confirmed, of one indisputable fact

    1. Supported by the best available scientific measurements and observations on rest masses, abundances and half-lives of atoms and elements in the Earth, the Moon, the Sun, meteorites, Mars and Jupiter;

    2. Consistent with the spiritual teachings of every major religion; and

    3. Hidden from the public after 1945 out of fear this information might be used to destroy life on Earth by nuclear annihilation:

    The core of the Sun is a pulsar that made our elements and gave explosive birth to the Solar System five billion years (5 Gyr) ago. Its source of energy – neutron repulsion – is the same energy that vaporized Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Aug 6 and 9, 1945 (and frightened world leaders into forming the United Nations on 24 Oct 1945 to save the world from nuclear annihilation). The Sun’s core is made of neutrons (n). An expanded neutron form – hydrogen atoms (1H) – pours from its atmosphere. Hydrogen and Helium are by-products of the production of solar energy. The most abundant atom in the Sun, iron-56 (56Fe), is the most stable combination of neutrons and hydrogen atoms. Other mixtures of neutrons and hydrogen atoms comprise every atom in the Solar System, as shown on the front cover of the Proceedings of the 1999 ACS Symposium on the Origin of Elements in the Solar System organized with help from the late Nobel Laureate Dr. Glenn T. Seaborg:

    http://www.amazon.com/Origin-Elements-Solar-System-Implications/dp/0306465620

    Half-life measurements at Purdue suggest that other than gravitational, electrical, nuclear and magnetic force fields invisibly connect every atom to the pulsar and to each other over vast regions of space (greater than the combined volume of ten billion, billion Earths) that filled with debris from the explosive birth of the Solar System five billion years ago.

    Our fate and Earth’s constantly changing climate depend entirely on the pulsar that government scientists hid from the public after 1945.

    Copies of this message will be sent to individual members of Congress and to others concerned about the tension between US citizens and the US government, the corruption of government science, and the loss of basic constitutional rights of US citizens.

    With kind regards,
    Oliver K. Manuel
    Former NASA Principal
    Investigator for Apollo
    PhD Nuclear Chemistry
    Postdoc Space Physics

  • Robert Peterson

    Ha Obama calling the kettle black. Let’s hope he continues to spill his beans I can’t wait for the impeachment trials to begin

  • Motov

    This is “Transparent” government?,..LOL

    • TrvlSEA

      I think the Transparency he was talking about was our lives….

      • Motov

        Ok lets call it “Undocumented Transparency
        ” or is “undocumented” reserved for illegal aliens?

        Maybe “Unintended Transparency”?

  • Bornfree

    The truth hurts, but mostly hurts those who have nothing to hide and that excludes the potus and his cohorts – the truth is irrelevant to them as is the Constitution. Telling the truth is a way of life just as telling lies is a way of life and arguing about whether telling the truth is better than lying for a living is monstrously ridiculous. We are all born free and subsequently persecuted to death by those in whom we place our trust. We are thus all fools and deserve exactly what we get. We can and must ask questions as to why our leaders consistently lie to us and then invent further lies to cover up their initial lies. If we examine in fact all the lies we have been told we could end up with a manuscript of unimaginable length. This is not conjecture, it can be shown quite accurately. We only need to start with Sept 11, Gitmo and the Gulf in order to understand the corruption and lying that pervades our political system and as we accept the lies so must we suffer the consequences of our gullibility and senseless rioting and violence is not and never has been the answer, we need to unite as honest folks and get rid of the liars by outsmarting them at their own game. There can be very few that are really able to say with any self respect that the way we all conduct ourselves is morally correct. The morally correct are usually led to the slaughter without even knowing it, like lambs to the slaughter house.

  • 1baronrichsnot1

    After Snowden applied for political protections from the Russians, Obama’s state dept. pleaded for his return, Putin answered that “we don’t do that to people in Russia, they have rights.” Kangaroo courts will still prevail, Check it out.

  • http://batman-news.com Jim B

    Has anyone in the Government been fired for their incompetence in securing the information. Has anyone been put in front of Congress to explain how the information walked out the door with a temp contractor. The snowman is not the problem, the gober’s in government are to blame, but they have no conscience no ethics so the snowman is their target. And look at Obizmo, not a single country is listening to him, that’s what happens when you bring up the rear (lead from behind for a few years), you make yourself insignificant, nobody feels compelled to listen to a darn thing you say. Putter (Russia’s so called leader) is saying Obama Who? This just gets more and more embarrassing by the day. But the ignorance from the left, and the so called undecided idiots that put Obizmo in office… again, continue to cheer him on. It’s sickening, our leaders are cowards, criminals, and extortionist, time we start marching on our own capital and call for the whole lot of them to get out of town, and NOW!

  • Thinker

    Show me a “Righteous uncorrupted Government”, and I’ll show you Heaven!

    If Governments and Politicians are left unaccountable, corruption is inevitable!

    Checks, balances and policies must be in place, and adhered to by Governments in order to stamp out corruption! Governments are made up of individuals with varying beliefs usually in contradiction to each other, making it open to corruption at any point. To sign away blindly the checks and balances that keep a government open and accountable before the people is a dangerous mistake I believe, because all governments are made up of individuals who are open to corruption, they cannot be allowed to operate in secrecy, but must be open and accountable before the people, lest we descend into a big brother state, which has already happened! Sin grows in the dark, but exposing it to the light not only exposes it’s ugly truth, but makes it become accountable for it’s actions! I would not blindly trust any government in the world to spy on it’s people, and then at some stage later down the track, use that information against them, as we all know the government doesn’t want any power over the people at all, right? …. WRONG!

    Taking away your freedom happens gradually, one piece at a time, and usually goes unnoticed because it is slow, and gradual!

    You wouldn’t trust a stranger in the street with your personal information, but the government is made up of exactly that, …strangers!!! People you don’t know!!! Seeing them speak or on TV, does not mean you really know who they are, as people always present what they want you to see and believe,
    and not who they really are, and most of us have never met the politicians who are deciding our fate, they are not your best friend, and if given enough rope, may do the wrong thing in time? They have already violated your personal space by secretly spying on youand not telling you, and if it was “so right”,

    to do that, then why are they chasing Snowden for doing the exact same thing, all he did was spy on the spies, and reveal the truth, and if the truth is hurting the government, it’s because it doesn’t look good for them. He did you all a favor by letting you know, at great personal cost!

    How did Hitler gain all his power? By deceiving the people, gradually! Most Germans were not aware until it was too late, and they were trapped by a system in their own country, and if they went against that system, they were shot as a traitor, even though the system was clearly wrong, and corrupt beyond comprehension! Watch Valkerie! To trust blindly is to live in denial of reality!

    The press helps keep governments accountable, but are often biased in their reporting of information and slant information your way, via personal political persuasions, in order to lead people to follow their own personal views, because everyone at the end of the day leans one way or the other, and unbiased reporting is as rare as hen’s teeth! Could someone please show me an honest politician who has never lied? They are lying because the truth is not so pretty, and would be rejected by many Americans, we must keep the government accountable, and from where I sit, all Edward Snowden really did was tell the truth about what the government was

    up to, and how some of the hidden programs were open to corruption, one of his concerns and mine, and he thought you all should know the truth, and I believe he did it for the good of the people, so America does not become a dictatorship, and to protect their freedom’s, and of course he saw that the government was breaking a few laws by illegally spying without consent, the problem is what they will do with all the information years down the track, you can;t trust the politicians who are coming later that you haven’t even met, because they are not even elected yet, who knows there could be a Hitler (counterpart) amongst them coming, who uses this technology against the people in a bad and evil way, and so keeping governments accountable is key to your freedom. Keeping secrets is usually about covering up the unacceptable, which is exactly what they were caught doing?

    and in the words of “Braveheart”, ….FREEDOM!!!! …. I SAY ED SNOWDEN IS A HERO!!!!! ……AND.to ALL the GOVT…SPIES!, –Spying on this Website right now……….”MONITOR THAT” !!!!!!!!! Thinker from Australia!!!!

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    • Timbo

      Why aren’t the liberals crying now about being spied on? They cried about the patriot act before Obama took it to new levels now where are they? Come on out trolls and tell me what you think.

    • emma852

      what Florence implied I am surprised that anybody able to get paid $7282 in 1 month on the computer. did you see this link w­w­w.K­E­P­2.c­o­m

  • BHR

    I waited for weeks to find all the information about what Snowden did. I now have no doubt that he is a Hero and our government has become the traitors to all Americans.

  • heidi

    1. game playing needs to stop; main powers know all about spying on one another
    2. letting us know about spying and other atrocities by this present govt. is not a shock to some of us
    3. what is shocking is that amer people are willing to put up with all abuse and ultimate destruction since 2008.
    4. do not consider Mr. Snowden a traitor

  • Colby

    Snowden is the perfect example of a TRUE AMERICAN PATRIOT, he sacrificed his safety, family, life and his Career. He exposed the NSA’s illegal activity on spying on US Citizens, foreign allies, and foreign enemies. He knew the 4th Amendment was not being enforced to protect our privacy by our Executive Branch of Government, it was a complete violation of our US Constitution and “Rule of Law”. The NSA is not above the Law or Obama and and his Administration. If Obama tries this man for crimes or have him killed with one of his drones without due process”There will be Hell to Pay”! He gave up everything he loved as did our forefathers did to expose the Tyranny and Oppression that Obama and his Administration have been doing ever since 2008. I would be proud to call Edward Snowden my son and a true American. Edward Snowden could be me 26 years ago. “We the People” are all Edward Snowdens! I pray to my Lord Jesus Christ, that this exposure will finally wake up the American People that we are losing our Constitution and Freedoms granted to each and every American citizen. If anybody should be tried for treason against the People, it should be our whole entire Executive Branch! We need to do what Iceland did, abolish and fire all Federal Government and start all over with our US Constitution and true Americans that take that oath seriously to protect and defend our “Supreme Law of the Land re: the US Constitution. My prayers go out to you and yours Edward Snowden. Once we get rid of this Abusive Administration, I can only hope that you can return to our beloved Republic, Family, and Friends. God Bless you Edward for doing what 99.9% were and are afraid to do.