My libertarian friends spent Monday denouncing me as a "statist" because I refused either to denounce the NSA surveillance program as pure evil Big Brother "spying" on Americans or to embrace the leaker Edward Snowden as a patriotic hero. Certainly, this is a weird situation when House Speaker John Boehner is citing President Obama -- “The president outlined last week that these were important national security programs" -- and I find myself nodding in agreement with Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein: “I don’t look at this as being a whistle-blower, I think it’s an act of treason ... He took an oath -- that oath is important. He violated the oath, he violated the law. It’s an act of treason in my view.”
The Wikileaker is now in custody in London and, as might be expected, the Left is protesting to demand "justice" on his behalf, which is to say they want him turned loose to perpetrate his sexual will on women barely half his age, which is the charge facing him in Sweden.
As to the nature of those charges, the feminist writer Jill Filipovic engages in much hand-wringing about whether an International Hero of World Peace who breaches a pre-coital agreement to wear a condom has thereby committed rape.