Time to pass a “bill of non-attainder” for Edward Snowden

by Paul Alan Levy    

Whatever happens as a result of Judge Leon's decision this week and whatever comes of today's recommendations from the intelligence review panel, we cannot forget who it was who helped our country get to the stage of having this debate, not to speak of the personal price he has had to pay as a whistleblower — turning to foreign dictatorships for refuge.  We should be treating him as a hero for what he did, and Congress can do something about it.

The constitution bars a bill of attainder — a law declaring that a particular individual is guilty of a crime. But there is no reason why Congress cannot enact a bill of non-attainder: a statute declaring retroactively that Edward Snowden is not guilty of any crime for what he has done to date, and forbidding the government from prosecuting him for past conduct.  Surely we owe him that much for what he has done for us.

0 thoughts on “Time to pass a “bill of non-attainder” for Edward Snowden

  1. Louise says:

    About time too!
    This man had the courage to denounce the abuses committed by federal agencies and he had to go in exile to save is freedom and very likely his life. “Accidents” will happen to people who fall foul of certain agencies.
    A country will get the government it deserves. Are all Americans such pathetic puppets that no one dared to speak up on Mr. Snowden’s behalf?

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