George Phillies: Who is the enemy?

By George Phillies

Published June 24, 2013 on

We have bipartisan agreement. 

Vice President Dick Cheney: Snowden is a “traitor”.

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calf.): “I think it’s an act of treason.” …

Republican Speaker of the House Boehner: Snowden is a “traitor”

Democratic Senator Bill Nelson on Snowden:  an “act of treason.”

Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton: “Edward Snowden is a “traitor” who has “committed an act of war against the United States”

Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss “If he is not a traitor, then he’s pretty darn close to it”.

But if Snowden’s deed was treason, who was the enemy he helped?

The people most affected by Snowden’s revelation are not foreign spies.  They know that no communication lines are secure.

The people most affected by Snowden’s revelations are us, the people of America.  We’re the ones just now learning that we live in a police state.  The NSA records all our telephone calls, all our internet messages, and all our bank and credit card transactions.

The NSA may search electronically for anything, anywhere. Cheney, Feinstein, Boehner, Bolton, Chambliss, Nelson, and all their friends have revived the Writ of Assistance, the general search warrant of King George III that was a primary cause of the American Revolution.

We the People are the ones who just now learned that Democratic and Republican politicians, standing together behind Cheney, Feinstein, Boehner, Bolton, Chambliss, Nelson, and all their friends, have shredded our Constitution and Bill of Rights.

We’re the people who Snowden helped.

Cheney, Feinstein, Boehner, Nelson, Bolton, Chambliss, and all their establishment friends have made very clear:

Americans are the people they do not trust. Americans are the people who must be watched and monitored and spied upon.  Americans are the menace.  Americans are the enemy.

Cheney, Feinstein, Boehner, Nelson, Bolton, Chambliss, and all their establishment friends prove by their deeds that we are their enemies. They wage electronic warfare on all of us.

But that coin has a second side.

If we are their enemy, it must be the case:

They are our enemies.

Cheney, Feinstein, Boehner, Nelson, Bolton, Chambliss and their establishment cronies.  They’re the enemies of all Americans.

We need to correct matters, with the boxes that count:  The soap box. The donation box.  The ballot box.

George Phillies is a contributing editor for Liberty For All. He was a candidate for the Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination in 2008. The Phillies 2016 and Phillies2020 URLs were recently purchased. You can contact Dr. Phillies at

12 thoughts on “George Phillies: Who is the enemy?

  1. Joe Wendt

    George Phillies needs to run for President in 2016. He was dead-on when it came to electronic warfare in 2008, and he’s dead-on on Snowden. This is the kind of leadership we need in 2016. I hope he runs.

  2. Jill Pyeatt

    I hope Snowden manages to stay hidden. Didn’t Iceland say they’d give him asylum? That seems safer to me than Ecuador.

  3. George Phillies

    Equador is clearing the decks to receive Snowden.

    Noting Congressional threats to end our trade pact with them, if they gave Snowden refuge, they pre-emptively cancelled their trade pact with us.

    They also generously offered the Federal police state 20+million in foreign aid for training on civil liberties issues such as torture and massive witretapping.

  4. Thomas L. Knapp


    Snowden has at least one parliamentary sponsor in Iceland who is attempting to get him an asylum offer.

    I suspect his real difficulty is threading the travel needle.

    Right now he is supposedly in a sort of no-man’s land in the Moscow airport. He hasn’t formally entered Russia, so they’re able to fob off the problem of who’s responsibility he is, but he’s not in any other country either. The instant he leaves that area, he’s exposed to whatever regime controls the place he’s in, and they in turn are exposed to US pressure to abduct him.

    Whatever country offers him asylum will need to figure out a way to get him from where he is to their territory without such exposures in between.

    If I were Iceland and wanted to offer him asylum, I’d do the following:

    1) Send the Icelandic embassy in Moscow a VERY large diplomatic mail pouch;

    2) Order an Icelandic diplomat to bring said pouch to Reyjkavik;

    3) Route said diplomat through that no-man’s land in the terminal on the way to his plane, where Snowden can crawl in the pouch, after which it can be sealed, then loaded onto the Iceland-bound plane. It would be an extreme diplomatic offense for Russia, or anyone else, to confiscate or even open another country’s diplomatic mail.

  5. George Phillies

    There is almost certainly no issue with Russia, which has offered Snowden asylum.

    There is a simpler travel solution to Iceland, namely load him on an Aeroflot plane, and if Putin really thinks that someone will start a war over this give it a fighter escort to discourage such behavior.

    If Putin is really annoyed, put Snowden on a military passenger transport.

  6. Jill Pyeatt

    They gave up a reporter who had been hiding there a couple years ago. I’ll see if I can find a link, but first I need to get to work.

  7. Waldemar Testarossa Fiumente

    If so, that wouldn’t make it more dangerous for Snowden, unless he goes on to criticize the Ecuadorian government.

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