Over the past few months, a name that has become well-known among Americans following politics is Edward Snowden. Mr. Snowden caused shockwaves throughout the country with his leaking of information in regards to the NSA’s warrantless domestic surveillance program. Supporters and detractors alike have had strong opinions on the matter, and the issue does not appear to be going away anytime soon.
Snowden’s ability to avoid arrest for these leaks has depended upon him finding sanctuary somewhere. For the moment, he has been granted asylum in Russia (Author’s personal note: I remember when Russian whistleblowers came to the United States), much to the chagrin of the Obama Administration and former Bush Administration officials. The thought that few, if any, have voiced is, what if Edward Snowden and other whistleblowers didn’t have to go outside the United States to find asylum?
When slavery was still legal in the United States, several northern states passed Personal Liberty Laws to combat the Fugitive Slave Act (FSA). More than one version of FSA had been passed, the 1850 one being the most egregious, essentially allowing the kidnapping of a black person on the say so of an alleged owner.Details