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[–] tentonaraft 16 points -12 points (+4|-16) ago 

The issue I take with Snowden is that he refuses to come home and face trial. I'm pissed that the NSA is likely watching me despite my doing nothing illegal in the almost 19 years I've been on this planet. I'm pissed that the NSA has been violating the Constitution, which I believe was inspired by God. What pisses me off more, however, is not what Snowden did, but that he seems to refuse to face the consequences for his actions. I haven't even been a legal adult for an entire year, and am pretty immature, but even I recognize that I don't get to choose the consequences for my actions. He should man up and face the music.

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[–] 1337hakkeramalek 2 points 15 points (+17|-2) ago 

If Snowden shows up to the US, he will be arrested and locked in jail for more than 20 years. Nope!!

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[–] AlphaWookie 7 points -6 points (+1|-7) ago 

So Daniel Ellesburg faced the same and you know what he stayed and went to court and won because he was right. Ed Snowden is a coward.

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[–] tentonaraft 8 points -7 points (+1|-8) ago 

Not if he has a good enough lawyer. A good enough lawyer can get you out of anything. Just ask OJ. Also, my point is not that he'll get arrested. My point is that he should stand trial. Also, Daniel Ellsburg,who was in a similar boat, got off, so I see very little reason why Snowden wouldn't with a good enough lawyer.

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[–] GalifreyanEXPdate 1 points 13 points (+14|-1) ago 

"If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so."

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[–] tentonaraft 8 points -7 points (+1|-8) ago 

Then he could appeal.You can appeal on death row. He could, with a good enough lawyer, argue that he was given an unfair trial, and possibly be acquitted.

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[–] SomewhatNeutral 1 points 6 points (+7|-1) ago  (edited ago)

The issue I take with Snowden is that he refuses to come home and face trial.

And be tortured or locked away and secretly tried?

He literally told the US he would come back if he had a fair trial and all they said in response was that they wouldn't torture him.

What pisses me off more, however, is not what Snowden did, but that he seems to refuse to face the consequences for his actions. I haven't even been a legal adult for an entire year, and am pretty immature, but even I recognize that I don't get to choose the consequences for my actions. He should man up and face the music.

He has every right to seek political asylum:

(1) Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.

(2) This right may not be invoked in the case of prosecutions genuinely arising from non-political crimes or from acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.

The US is a gross violator of its Constitution as well as Snowden's rights particularly by having revoked his passport which is essentially a form of making someone stateless. The US has every right to prosecute him if he's in the United States, but it has no right to only consider him a citizen when he wants to return and then dump the problem onto Russia. Imagine if someone fled Russia and landed in the United States without valid travel documents.