In his memorable 2000 interview with the New York Post, NBA Hall-of-Famer Charles Barkley opined, “You know it’s gone to hell when the best rapper out there is a white guy (Eminem) and the best golfer is a black guy (Tiger Woods).” Today, you know it’s gone to hell when an American patriot seeks asylum in Russia, when the American free press can’t compete with Pravda and when the voice of the free world is no longer the president of the United States.

Make no mistake: Edward Snowden is not just some whistleblower; he’s Paul Revere. This time around, it’s not King George and the British coming to oppress us. It’s our imperial president, Barack Obama, and his federal government.

It is a disgrace of historic proportion that our dimwit and cowardly American media can blow off Obama’s “phony scandals” and roll over like drooling lapdogs. Then again, former White House communications director Anita Dunn bragged about how they control the news narrative. It’s no longer the corruption, disinformation and intimidation of a KGB or Stasi people need fear; it’s the Obama administration. It’s the selective enforcement of law by Eric Holder and Obama’s Justice Department. It’s the intrusion of his NSA into the lives of every American. So, how does this impact the average citizen?

In its newest and largest data storage center in Utah (seven times the size of the Pentagon), the federal government will maintain information on everyone’s digital communication, phone calls and email. If some time down the line you are deemed an enemy of the state, or simply a thorn in its side, the government can pull up your file and extract that incriminating needle in a haystack of myriad laws and regulations, and charge you with a crime or violation.

Still think Snowden’s a traitor?

Peter Arnone

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