If Edward Snowden had blown the whistle on unConstitutional spy orders from the Administration of George W. Bush, would Congressional response sound different?
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that she is working on a fact sheet to illustrate why the Barack Obama Administration’s abrogation of Americans’ Constitutional rights is nobler than the Bush-era abrogation of Americans’ Constitutional rights.
Pelosi, who is advocating for the government prosecution of National Security Agency leaker Snowden, said she believes that the current President has operated within the rule of law by seeking an order from a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court to spy on Americans, whereas President George W. Bush acted unilaterally.
Of the leak that revealed the spy tactics, Pelosi said Snowden provided information to the media in direct violation of Patriot Act and FISA rules. She is joined in bipartisan support for prosecuting Snowden by a growing number of Congressional Democrats and old guard Republicans.
“On the strength of leaking that [information], yes, that would be a prosecutable offense, and I think that he should be prosecuted,” Pelosi said.
Fellow California Senate Democrat Dianne Feinstein said that Snowden is guilty of treason.
“I don’t look at this as being a whistle-blower,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calf.) said. “I think it’s an act of treason.”
The two lawmakers are in agreement with Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who tweeted Monday: “I hope we follow Mr. Snowden to the ends of the earth to bring him to justice.”
While the aforementioned lawmakers have taken a hard stance against Snowden, the results of a recent Reuters-Ipsos poll indicate that the American populace has yet to decide whether the leaker is a patriot or a traitor. A higher number of respondents (31 percent) did, however, describe the whistle-blower as a patriot. Twenty-three percent said Snowden was a traitor and 46 percent said they didn’t know.