Nice to see call the "progressives" standing with Gordon Humphrey
Former two-term GOP Senator Gordon Humphrey of New Hampshire emailed Edward Snowden yesterday [emphasis added]:
Provided you have not leaked information that would put in harms way any intelligence agent, I believe you have done the right thing in exposing what I regard as massive violation of the United States Constitution.
Having served in the United States Senate for twelve years as a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, the Armed Services Committee and the Judiciary Committee, I think I have a good grounding to reach my conclusion.
I wish you well in your efforts to secure asylum and encourage you to persevere.
Kindly acknowledge this message, so that I will know it reached you.
Gordon J. Humphrey
Former United States Senator
Is it disheartening to see such a 180-degree turn from former supporters?
I remember I would go around in 2007 and 2008 giving speeches about the Bush Administration, and people would sometimes say to me, “Don’t you realize that once Democrats get into office they’re going to do these same things, and all your allies who are now cheering for you are going to support those policies?” And I would say, “I don’t believe that’s true” — like their dignity would not allow them to spend eight years shrieking about the horrors of these policies, only to turn around and support them because a Democrat was doing it. I turned out to be totally wrong.
I can testify the critique of Bush as a tyrant was developed 2003-2006 when the Democrats were in opposition ("More and better Democrats!" Happy, innocent days); in fact, at Corrente -- this was back in the day when the great sorting out between access bloggers and old school bloggers was not yet completed -- we helped create that critique. It was well constructed, well-honed, and it worked to discredit the Bush administration. I regarded this critique as a serious analytical tool, and not merely "any stick to beat a dog." Boy, was I naive. There's not an access career "progressive" out there who hasn't committed moral and intellectual treason on this point; because if they had, they wouldn't have had a career.
At this point, I think it's appropriate to post this wonderful song by Phil Ochs:
NOTE Humphrey thinks Sweden should accept Snowden's asylum application, were he to make one; perhaps Sweden's history of cooperating with US rendition requests makes him leery.