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Greenwald writes: "Former two-term GOP Senator Gordon Humphrey of New Hampshire emailed Edward Snowden yesterday."

Former US Sen. Gordon Humphrey of New Hampshire at a press conference in 1986. (photo: unknown)
Former US Sen. Gordon Humphrey of New Hampshire at a press conference in 1986. (photo: unknown)



Former GOP Senator Supports Snowden

By Glenn Greenwald, Guardian UK

17 July 13

 

'I believe you have done the right thing in exposing what I regard as massive violation of the United States constitution'

ormer two-term GOP Senator Gordon Humphrey of New Hampshire emailed Edward Snowden yesterday [emphasis added]:

Mr. Snowden,

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.

Regards,
Gordon J. Humphrey
Former United States Senator
New Hampshire

After I contacted Sen. Humphrey to confirm its authenticity, he wrote to me [emphasis added]:

Mr. Greenwald,

Yes. It was I who sent the email message to Edward Snowden, thanking him for exposing astonishing violations of the US Constitution and encouraging him to persevere in the search for asylum.

To my knowledge, Mr. Snowden has disclosed only the existence of a program and not details that would place any person in harm's way. I regard him as a courageous whistle-blower.

I object to the monumentally disproportionate campaign being waged by the U.S. Government against Edward Snowden, while no effort is being made to identify, remove from office and bring to justice those officials who have abused power, seriously and repeatedly violating the Constitution of the United States and the rights of millions of unsuspecting citizens.

Americans concerned about the growing arrogance of our government and its increasingly menacing nature should be working to help Mr. Snowden find asylum. Former Members of Congress, especially, should step forward and speak out.

Regards,
Gordon Humphrey

Snowden's reply to Sen. Humphrey:


Mr. Humphrey,

Thank you for your words of support. I only wish more of our lawmakers shared your principles - the actions I've taken would not have been necessary.

The media has distorted my actions and intentions to distract from the substance of Constitutional violations and instead focus on personalities. It seems they believe every modern narrative requires a bad guy. Perhaps it does. Perhaps, in such times, loving one's country means being hated by its government.

If history proves that be so, I will not shy from that hatred. I will not hesitate to wear those charges of villainy for the rest of my life as a civic duty, allowing those governing few who dared not do so themselves to use me as an excuse to right these wrongs.

My intention, which I outlined when this began, is to inform the public as to that which is done in their name and that which is done against them. I remain committed to that. Though reporters and officials may never believe it, I have not provided any information that would harm our people - agent or not - and I have no intention to do so.

Further, no intelligence service - not even our own - has the capacity to compromise the secrets I continue to protect. While it has not been reported in the media, one of my specializations was to teach our people at DIA how to keep such information from being compromised even in the highest threat counter-intelligence environments (i.e. China).

You may rest easy knowing I cannot be coerced into revealing that information, even under torture.

With my thanks for your service to the nation we both love,

Edward Snowden

 

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+181 # Milarepa 2013-07-17 09:30
Good for Snowden, and for Sen. Humphrey. Let's hope other politicians follow suit. Snowden needs all the help he can get!
 
 
+8 # Rita Walpole Ague 2013-07-18 03:24
Soooooo true, Milarepa! Reward and honor and follow in their footsteps constantly we must, our real McCoy UNCLE SAMS (Snowdens, Assanges, Mannings). And penalize and slam, unceasingly, our evil villainaire rulers, and their pol. MITC (military/indus trial/terrorism complex) and govt. agent, POLICE STATE AIN'T GREAT minions. Only hope whatsoever we have to UNDO THE EVIL COUP!
 
 
+8 # 666 2013-07-18 19:45
good for sen humphreys. but the exceptionality of all this just proves to me what slathering lapdogs the so-called republican rank and file are... (yeah you trolls, I'm talking about you too). the smallest executive fart or burp by a dem has them screaming bloody impeachment, but when the constitution gets massively violated (and by my count, 9 of 10 amendments of the bill of rights have now been "overturned"), do you hear a peep out of them??? no, just don't mess with the 2nd and they'll be like quiet little lambs.
what a crock of shit; if they had any balls, they'd realize now is the time for them to be screaming about the rise of tyranny -- and not because of "romney-care" or climate change, or immigration, or race, or CNN, or any other shit. the govt don't care about your stupid little gun collections when they know everything else about you. they won't knock on your door, they'll just send in a drone to off you. these hard-core reps ought to be out there making friends with occupy, but they're too busy figuring out how to use those "terrorist hunting permits" on the backs of their pickups against their neighbors -- whom we now know are all linked to terrorists or gays or abortionists or radical eco-freaks by two, three, four or five "hops".
 
 
+1 # RLF 2013-07-23 05:01
What a rarity! Someone from plotics that just is making rational sense! What a breath of fresh air!
 
 
+92 # Futilitarian 2013-07-17 09:36
Wow. A former senator steps up to the plate. I have a respect for the importance of national security. I don't think this is about national security. Not wholly anyway. I'm starting to think it's about the theft of power from the people's hands and the thieves which are thieving it. Spend 10 minutes with Russell Tice. The implications of what he speaks of are quite chilling.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6m1XbWOfVk

Will we awaken in time?
 
 
+124 # beachboy 2013-07-17 09:41
W O W ! There is a spirit in this letter which I love and respect. Well expressed and with what clarity and integrity! The whole gang of Whitehouse- and Congress-shills can learn a hell of a lesson from a true, courageous human being: Edward Snowden. One small hope for America - one giant hope for the world. - Thanks again, Glenn Greenwald!
 
 
+9 # Doubter 2013-07-18 20:15
It feels good to discover there are still a few REAL human beings among us.
 
 
+111 # luvdoc 2013-07-17 09:54
With joy, I add Gordon Humprey to my list of patriots & statesmen. He is a bright light in my personal hall of fame.luvdoc
 
 
+99 # jamander4 2013-07-17 10:00
It is very positive that one act of courage and conviction leads to other acts of courage and conviction. Maybe there is some prospect that our rights freedoms and privacy can be restored.
 
 
+82 # revhen 2013-07-17 10:11
The Senator said "Provided you have not leaked information that would put in harms way any intelligence agent." Who would do such a thing? Oh, yes: Did not Mr.Bush and his henchmen do this when they outed Valerie Plame in a pique of vengeance when her husband revealed the falsity of the reasons for entering the Iraq war? I wonder how Senator Humphrey feels about THAT betrayal!
 
 
+40 # NAVYVET 2013-07-17 10:13
How did Connecticut ever lose such a good senator? Oh, I know. It's obvious he isn't a Tea Partier.
 
 
+12 # Jack Gibson 2013-07-17 18:29
New Hampshire, not Connecticut.
 
 
+38 # reiverpacific 2013-07-17 10:30
My goodness -an honest politician!
Maybe if he could get a petition going and drag some other names out of the woodwork----!??
Mind you, even if he gets some positive words from a few senators and even congress-critte rs, I wouldn't come back here even if they had ice-cream drippin' from the invitation.
I'm sure that Snowden knows that too.
 
 
+78 # Granny3M 2013-07-17 10:32
Do not, anyone, forget that the constitutional violations DID NOT begin with Barack Obama. He is simply continuing the incredible takeover of America that began with Ronald Reagan and continued unleashed through George W. Bush and his Vice President, Dick Cheney's two terms (both draft dodgers, but war makers extraordinaire! ) Good for Mr. Humphrey for saying out loud what so many of us already know.
 
 
+33 # futhark 2013-07-17 16:20
Yeah, but Mr. Obama ran on a platform of HOPE for a CHANGE. His supporters have a right to expect him to deliver on these promises. Thus far they have been sadly disappointed.
 
 
+9 # fdawei 2013-07-17 18:14
His Hope for Change was obviously a change for the worse!!! as we have sadly come to experience, with more just around the corner, I expect.
Bravo Senator Humphrey. Courage of steel to you, Mr. Snowden.
 
 
0 # 666 2013-07-18 19:47
are you referring to Big brO's institution of the "two-minutes Hope"? it is now mandatory for all schools and public institutions.
 
 
+8 # kochadoodledoo 2013-07-18 03:53
President Obama's supporters also have a right to know that a president can do nothing with an obstructionist congress. If we are "sadly disappointed" in anything it should be the 111th and 112th congresses of prigs who have done nothing but waste our taxpayer dollars and continue to do so.
 
 
-1 # Erdajean 2013-07-18 07:58
Maybe Obama could "do nothing" because of Congress. I sure wish he could at least pretend! Instead, "OK, bad guys, OK! Here's my country -- rape and kill it, as you wish!" comes WAY too easy for him --
 
 
+2 # Dion Giles 2013-07-20 22:03
Did an obstructionist Congress force him to appoint bankster criminals to key positions, or order that OBL be offed before he could disclose anything (e.g. about 9/11), or direct drones against civilians residing out of sight and out of mind? Did they force him as C in C to order the kangaroo "trial" of Bradley Manning. or to instruct the DOJ to launch a global witch-hunt against other whistleblowers, even a non-American with not even a formal obligation to keep America's secrets?

Those who reject Obama don't do so because of what he failed against opposition to do, but because of many things he chose to do without being compelled to. It would be a refreshing change if some of those who rush at the jerk of a knee to condemn his critics would address what they are really criticising him for.
 
 
+39 # James Marcus 2013-07-17 10:41
Yay! Overdue, and About Time!!... a Senator got the Balls
to speak Truth to Tyranny.
Impeach Now.
Prosecute All involved.
 
 
+51 # Artemis 2013-07-17 11:08
Yes, spoke yesterday to a respected professor of modern history, also a specialist in colonial history, who said exactly the same. His view is, the dangers of US neo-colonialism , imperial arrogance are frightening. Snowden has only exposed one element, but it links to many others.
Check out what is happening in the Pacific!
 
 
+47 # Malcolm 2013-07-17 11:13
Good for him! (New Hampshire: "Live Free or Die"!
 
 
+48 # oakes721 2013-07-17 11:20
Truth, honor, hope and integrity are buried away in times of wars and oppression and enslavement but resurface through the cracks in the cement ~ just as beautiful flowers once again begin to brighten our world. Seeds of hope are already beginning to sprout and spring forth.
 
 
+41 # hutchr 2013-07-17 11:53
Where have all of the other Senators gone? Maybe with Sen. Feinstein. I only wish that he had pointed out that Cheney , et.al. "outed" Valerie Plame which really does endanger our spies.
 
 
+55 # Beckmesser 2013-07-17 12:06
Let's hope Sen. Diane Feinstein of California looks into the mirror and sees the egg on her face. May her knee-jerk accusation of Snowden as a traitor come back to haunt her. Too bad we don't have a senator of Gordon Humphrey's class in California.
 
 
+43 # darthvadersmom 2013-07-17 12:09
Oh brave new world that has such people in it. Thank you, Senator, and of course you,Edward. This letter and response make me prouder to be an American than I've been in a long while.
 
 
+54 # walt 2013-07-17 12:20
Every American should be asking the question: Why is a person who revealed wrong-doings by out government being treated as a criminal?

If a person who blows the whistle on government crimes is considered a criminal, the government must also be criminal.

As Americans it shames us all to see Snowden having his passport revoked and the government trying to extradite him for trial. If anyone wants to think of this as the "land of the free," this may help one see clearer.

And an even bigger question: How has our government failed to seek justice on those who lied the country into an invasion of Iraq that caused 4500 military deaths and $3 trillion in debt? That is far more serious and has cost many of us family members, friends and certainly tax dollars.
 
 
+22 # Jack Gibson 2013-07-17 18:40
And please don't forget that it cost over one million innocent Iraqi lives, too (probably closer to 1,500,000 if not more); which is even more important [and that's, of course, not counting the other one and a half million innocent Iraqi civilians who were mass-murdered by the first Gulf war, the twelve years of sanctions from then on until the second Gulf war in 2003, and the bombings of the north and south "No-Fly Zones"; 500,000 of them children and little babies!---one can imagine how many more babies and other children were mass-slaughtere d in the second gulf war, probably amounting to another five hundred thousand of the 1.5 million innocent people!].
 
 
+42 # Buddha 2013-07-17 12:47
Notice how "brave stands" like this only come from "retired" politicians.
 
 
+32 # Polfrosch 2013-07-17 14:26
The german and austrian and swiss press reports today former US president Jimmy Carter supports Edward Snowdon.
He is quoted saying: "the USA has currently no functioning democracy." He calls the NSA programs "excessive" and an "invasion of privacy" damaging the US reputation.
http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/nsa-affaere-jimmy-carter-kritisiert-usa-a-911589.html
http://www.krone.at/Nachrichten/NSA-Affaere_Ex-Praesident_Carter_kritisiert_USA-Keine_Demokratie-Story-369156

I can´t find anything in the US media. Am I wrong?
 
 
+3 # karenvista 2013-07-19 15:38
Quoting Polfrosch:
The german and austrian and swiss press reports today former US president Jimmy Carter supports Edward Snowdon.
He is quoted saying: "the USA has currently no functioning democracy." He calls the NSA programs "excessive" and an "invasion of privacy" damaging the US reputation.
http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/nsa-affaere-jimmy-carter-kritisiert-usa-a-911589.html
http://www.krone.at/Nachrichten/NSA-Affaere_Ex-Praesident_Carter_kritisiert_USA-Keine_Demokratie-Story-369156

I can´t find anything in the US media. Am I wrong?



It is my understanding, and seems so from your links, that these news outlets only publish this story in their own language editions. NOT in their English language editions. So are they just scared or are we actively threatening them too?
 
 
+24 # darthvadersmom 2013-07-17 15:08
I don't know their names (sorry), but I did see that some in congress were standing up for Snowden. Not very many, but a few. Pelosi might as well just forget those emails and calls for donations this next time around from me.
 
 
+12 # futhark 2013-07-17 16:24
I sent my contributions in 2008 to Cindy Sheehan, who was trying to unseat Nancy "Impeachment-Is -Off-The-Table" Pelosi. I'm still hoping that Cindy Sheehan will find a place in the American political system to work for peace, justice, and real security.
 
 
+19 # Kathymoi 2013-07-17 16:09
Well well. Bravo. I hope others follow suit. This definitely needs to be publicly known as a popular opinion. Of course, RSN may be the only news outlet to publish it.
 
 
+29 # ghostperson 2013-07-17 17:42
Rove harms CIA assets and Snowden tells citizens what its government is doing. The former got off Scott free; the latter is a hunted, hounded man. Why?
 
 
+1 # Milarepa 2013-07-17 22:57
What a breakthrough! Snoopy just coughed and missed a step!
 
 
+10 # Milarepa 2013-07-17 23:05
... and thanks Glenn for verifying authenticity and breaking this news!
 
 
+5 # darthvadersmom 2013-07-18 03:39
I found the Jimmie Carter story in what looks like a right wing paper. Still, it's out there. Thanks for the tip. http://dailycaller.com/2013/07/17/jimmy-carter-america-no-longer-has-a-functioning-democracy/
 
 
+8 # Beckmesser 2013-07-18 16:25
Der Spiegel, a German newsmagazine where Pres. Carter's statements were carried, can hardly be called right wing.
 
 
+2 # karenvista 2013-07-19 15:42
Quoting Beckmesser:
Der Spiegel, a German newsmagazine where Pres. Carter's statements were carried, can hardly be called right wing.


But it was NOT carried in the English language edition!Quoting darthvadersmom:
I found the Jimmie Carter story in what looks like a right wing paper. Still, it's out there. Thanks for the tip. http://dailycaller.com/2013/07/17/jimmy-carter-america-no-longer-has-a-functioning-democracy/



Yes, they would think they will benefit from this because they think none of us nave any concerns about what the administration is doing. They don't read RSN obviously!
 
 
+9 # RMDC 2013-07-18 07:55
good work Sen. Humphrey. I'll but there are lots more people in government who think this way but are afraid to come out and say it. The more people who express a strong support for Snowden, Manning, adn the rest of the whistle blowers, the easier it will be to come out. let's hope this triggers a massive support campaign for Snowden.

Obama is hopeless. His campagian should have been hopeless and no-change.
 
 
+10 # treadlightly 2013-07-18 09:21
Any politician who continues to deny the illegitimate nature of our present government is guilty of aiding the enemy.
 
 
+3 # indian weaver 2013-07-18 12:45
All employees of the government's administration and congress are guilty of Accessory to Crimes Against Humanity and Co-Conspirators with the War Criminals (Obama (the list is long but he's) no. 1 homicidal maniac making him a legitimate target worldwide. Like dubya, he only good thing both can and will ever do is die, and the only reason they'll do that much good is because death is out of their control - otherwise they'd fuck that up too.
 
 
+6 # Walter J Smith 2013-07-18 21:29
Thank you, Senator Gordon Humphrey; thank you for that response, Mr. Edward Snowden; thank you, Glenn Greenwald, for publishing these and your letter, too.

Sincerely,

A concerned patriotic citizen, and veteran of two tours in combat, 1968-9 & 1971.
 
 
0 # Liebermania 2013-07-27 09:32
Jimmy Carter, Look at http://rsnorg.org/news-section2/318-66/18486-focus-jimmy-carter-us-qhas-no-functioning-democracyq
I guess no one was paying to what he had to say. Unfortunately no one ever did listen to what he said.
 
 
0 # Liebermania 2013-07-27 09:36
("# Polfrosch 2013-07-17 14:26
The german and austrian and swiss press reports today former US president Jimmy Carter supports Edward Snowdon.
He is quoted saying: "the USA has currently no functioning democracy." He calls the NSA programs "excessive" and an "invasion of privacy" damaging the US reputation.
http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/nsa-affaere-jimmy-carter-kritisiert-usa-a-911589.html
http://www.krone.at/Nachrichten/NSA-Affaere_Ex-Praesident_Carter_kritisiert_USA-Keine_Demokratie-Story-369156

I can´t find anything in the US media. Am I wrong?")

SEE- http://rsnorg.org/news-section2/318-66/18486-focus-jimmy-carter-us-qhas-no-functioning-democracyq
 

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