The oath of office for any federal employee (excepting the President) reads as follows:
“I, AB, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”
With this in mind, I have a hard time figuring out what part of this oath the NSA leaker violated… Bob Schiefer from CBS news appears to think Snowden should give himself up, and start making himself comfortable in the generous accommodations that are available in American Cuba…
I’m sure that is something Snowden is considering, yet Maybe Mr. Schiefer’s argument needs a little more consideration to be sure that justice would be accomplished with this approach. Lets consider a few things:
1. Which part of Snowden’s oath was violated?
The Federal oath begins “I, AB, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”
Are there foreign enemies of the Constitution that were empowered by the disclosure of the fact that the Federal govt. was collecting most of the phone data from virtually every American ? Possibly, but I think they already had an understanding that this was happening. Were there Domestic enemies who would benefit from the release of the same information? On the contrary, Domestic enemies who were violating the Constitution were exposed as a consequence of Snowden’s actions.Details