Judge Napolitano Reacts to Ron Paul's 'Worries' About Snowden Drone Strike
Was it hyperbole for Ron Paul to suggest that the government could try to kill the NSA whistleblower?
In a Hong Kong newspaper, Edward Snowden has been quoted today as saying he's not a hero or a traitor for exposing the NSA's massive program to monitor Americans' phone calls and internet activities. It's still not known where Snowden is after he checked out of the Hong Kong hotel where he met with Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald.
There is no doubt in Judge Andrew Napolitano's mind that the U.S. government will go after Snowden and ask Hong Kong authorities to arrest him and send him back to the United States. Napolitano says that in the view of the Obama administration, Snowden "violated his oath to keep secrets secret," while working for NSA contractor Booz Allen.
"He also took an oath to uphold the Constitution and that is a higher obligation. ... He chose which oath to comply with," said Napolitano.
Bill Hemmer asked for the judge's reaction to Ron Paul's comments on FBN, expressing concern that Snowden could be killed with a drone strike if the U.S. chooses to do so. Hemmer asked whether this statement was hyperbole on the part of Paul.
Napolitano explained that President Obama's policy on drone strikes is "unconditionally unlawful" but it's being carried out anyway. He said Paul fears that the president could go ahead and establish a new set of rules to allow him to target Snowden, therefore avoiding a trial that would "expose even more national security secrets."
Napolitano agreed with the New York Times' opinion piece on the dangers of the government abusing these powers.
"President Obama's abuse of this power proves that when unlimited power is put in the hands of the executive, it will be abused. What makes it unlimited? Lack of fidelity to the Constitution," he argued.