Higher Oath

In an article concerning Edward Snowden’s exile in Russia being extended, Senator John McCain is quoted as saying: “Mr. Snowden violated an oath, and that is a fact…”

Since I am old enough to remember when McCain was still considered a patriot, I would like to remind him of an oath that he, himself, took:

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God. (emphasis added)

I am not sure if NSA contractors take a similar oath, even if not, it is all of our civic duties to uphold the Constitution against enemies, even domestic ones working under the color of authority. It can certainly be argued that Snowden upheld this oath, even as McCain does not.

Figures such as McCain, Feinstein, and even Obama (an alleged constitutional scholar) could learn much from the patriotic actions of Edward Snowden.