When Snowden asked for a fair trial US could only promise it wouldn't torture him
This article originally appeared at Zero Hedge
Just in case anyone still foolishly believes that there’s a shred of decency left in the ‘justice’ system in the Land of the Free, I would humbly present exhibit A: Edward Snowden.
In a recent interview with the BBC, Edward Snowden disclosed that he has offered numerous times to the US government to return to the United States, face trial, and if necessary, spend time in prison.
[full interview below]
It hasn’t mattered that hundreds of thousands of people have signed petitions asking President Obama to pardon Mr. Snowden.
Those petitions have been totally ignored.
So Snowden is preparing to return and face trial, negotiating terms with Uncle Sam to ensure that he’s treated fairly.
As he told the BBC, “So far they’ve said they won’t torture me. Which is a start, I think. But we haven’t gotten further than that.”
It’s a sad reflection on the values of a country that someone who blows the whistle on the government committing egregious crimes and violating its own constitution has to flee to Russia in order to escape oppression.
It’s even worse that the government in the Land of the Free rescinded his passport.
But it’s utterly shocking that any negotiation about his return has to start by taking TORTURE off the table.
The fact that torture even has to be mentioned is utterly pathetic. And it pretty much tells you everything you need to know about justice in America... and what happens if you dare cross the government.