Snowden was only on the job as a contractor for 3 months. He mysteriously moved out of his home on May 31.
Republican Peter King calls Snowden a defector.
"This person is dangerous to the country," King told CNN's "Starting Point" on Monday.
Republican Lindsey Graham is supporting the NSA.
“I’m glad the NSA is trying to find out what the terrorists are up to overseas and in our country,” Graham said Thursday morning on “Fox & Friends.”
Republican John McCain supports the NSA.
McCain also defended the oversight of the programs.
“I believe that the FISA is an appropriate way of reviewing some of these policies. You pointed out thart almost none of the proposals of the administration had been turned down by the FISA court. That’s either because they’ve made a strong enough case, or because the FISA court is a rubber stamp.”
“Which is it?” Crowley pressed.
“I’m not entirely sure,” McCain admitted. “But I do believe that if this was September 12, 2001, we might not be having the argument that we’re having today.”
Republican Mike Rogers is calling Snowden dangerous.
I argue that there’s other methods. He could come to the committees, if they had concern. We have IGs that they can go to in a classified way if they have concern. Taking a very sensitive classified program that targets foreign person on foreign lands, and putting just enough out there to be dangerous, is dangerous to us, it’s dangerous to our national security and it violates the oath of which that person took. I absolutely think they should be prosecuted
This will emerge as the scandal to cannibalize the other scandals. We will no longer hear about Benghazi, IRS targeting Tea Party, the Justice Department getting AP reporters phone records....all forgotten in a flash.
This NSA thing (inducing revelation that not just Version but all phone companies and major internet providers are part of it) will remove Obama away from the partisan-based scandals.
While Democrats might be against the NSA on this they are not going to break rank and file over it, they are not paranoid over "Big Government".
The Republicans will be divided and break ranks. Paul Rand and a few other Republicans are against the rest of their party on this. The Democrats and Obama will emerge as winners next year. Snowden is a plant just for this purpose.
What’s more, the scandals have had almost no effect on the president’s popularity rating.
“How is it,” a news article said last week, “that President Obama, despite the recent scandals, has been able to maintain an approval rating in the mid- to high-40s, or about where it’s
been for the better part of three years? A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll may provide some clues. For starters, the public doesn’t seem to be blaming the president for the
Benghazi terrorist attack, the IRS targeting of conservative groups or the Justice Department snooping.”
When all is said and done a third party could emerge and this might actually have unexpected consequences for the future of America but for now consider the Republican party beyond fractured and soon it will be beyond salvageable. Tensions were already in place, fine fractures already present, this move is calculated to exploit that and break it wide open.
Good bye party of Lincoln. You were great, then not so great, and soon you will be gone.