John McCain: Russian Asylum for Edward Snowden a "Slap in the Face" to Americans

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Senator John McCain certainly has a strong opinion on reports that the Russian government has granted temporary asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

McCain's trying to bring hatin' on Russia back in style, issuing a statement that says, in part, "We cannot allow today's action by Putin to stand without serious repercussions."

Snowden reportedly has been seeking asylum in foreign countries since leaking NSA records that show purported details of mass-surveillance programs.

A transcript from yesterday's press briefing at the State Department shows the United States' opinion on Snowden, from spokeswoman Marie Harf:
"I would reiterate what we've said repeatedly, that Mr. Snowden is not a human rights activist, he's not a dissident, he's been accused of leaking classified information, has been charged with three very serious felony counts, and must be, should be, returned to the United States to face a free and fair trial as soon as possible."
Upon news that Russia has granted Snowden asylum for a year, McCain's certainly not happy about it.

"Russia's action today is a disgrace and a deliberate effort to embarrass the United States," McCain's statement says. "It is a slap in the face of all Americans. Now is the time to fundamentally rethink our relationship with Putin's Russia. We need to deal with the Russia that is, not the Russia we might wish for. We cannot allow today's action by Putin to stand without serious repercussions."

Of course, hating on Putin never really went out of style in McCain's mind.

Remember, as the old legend goes -- once upon a time, McCain stared deep into Putin's eyes, so deep, that he stared into his soul. Scrawled on the side of that soul, in what may have been spray-painted graffiti, were the letters "K-G-B." Or something like that.



Although McCain's statement might seem tense, and maybe even nuke-tastic, the rest of his statement outlines a course of possible action, which doesn't sound very intense:
"The first thing we should do is significantly expand the Magnitsky Act list to hold accountable the many human violators who are still enjoying a culture of impunity in Russia. We should push for the completion of all phases of our missile defense programs in Europe, and move expeditiously on another round of NATO expansion, including the Republic of Georgia. We should challenge the political convictions and detentions of Russian dissidents such as Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Alexei Navalny. And perhaps most importantly, we should speak out on behalf of the many people in Russia who increasingly are finding the courage to peacefully demand greater freedom, accountability, and rule of law in Russia.

"Today's action by Putin's Russia should finally strip away the illusions that many Americans have had about Russia the past few years. We have long needed to take a more realistic approach to our relations with Russia, and I hope today we finally start."

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Nichols
Nichols

The telephone, and Internet Spying of "We the People" is nothing.

Trillions of our Hard Earned Tax Dollars are being wasted on Programs Spying on us inside our American homes.

The Government has Tens of Thousands of disguised Polytechnic Drones loaded with the Military's latest Thermal Dynamic Camera's, and Laser listening devices flying zones over the U.S. right now!

This has been going on for over ten years, even though Congress just approved the use of "Domestic Spy Drones"!

Our Government is Out of Control, since the start of the so called "Homeland Security, and thier Communist so called "Patriot Act" overode the U.S. Constitution, and Freedom, our Nation has fallen, we are no longer a Democracy, and Congress has not been stallled with bi-partisonship, they have been rendered useless!

America is now an Authoritarian Police State.

Our Founding Fathers would have lined up every Peeping, Perverted Government Coward in these Spying Programs in front of a firing Squad!

Instead we reward these Tens of Thousands worthless Government Spying  Tyrants with Posh Government Pay, Benifits, and twenty-year Pensions, not for risking their lives like our "Real Troops, and First Responders", but for Trashing the U.S. Constitution and the very Freedom our Fallen Heroes Died to Protect!

To: Liberty.

royalphoenix
royalphoenix

Is his wife still addicted to synthetic heroin ?

robert_graham
robert_graham

John McCain is a slap in the face to Arizona - period. He's a disgrace and should be recalled.

Tim Whittington
Tim Whittington

This just goes to show where technology is truly leading us. Trust is gone forever. Just like the GPS on my company truck. The less they trust what I do for them the less I do for them. Hum....

Jennifer Purdon
Jennifer Purdon

It shows the total lack of respect they have for the current administration. No surprise there.

Rebecca Clarke Robinaugh
Rebecca Clarke Robinaugh

And my opinion about Snowden has nothing to do with my opinion of McCain. I have no use for either one of them.

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

I am a democrat! I have never liked this clown, wasting money on a campaign he had no business being in, especially with that uneducated floozie Sarah, lmao.

Marjie J McClellan
Marjie J McClellan

I guess Obama telling Putin to "Wait until after my re-election" is off the table now. Karma is a bitch isn't it Mr. President?

Kaytee Fournier
Kaytee Fournier

It's a good things that since we can't police our government when IT breaks it's OWN laws, at least someone in this world is willing to call them out on it and spit in their face. And even though I have no interest in the Olympics, I will be cheering on every homosexual participant, whether they medal or not, for doing the same with Russia's own hypocrisy. The government needs to do it's job, quit breaking the law, and quit spying on people. I personally can't give respect where it's not due, and it is definitely NOT due for the American government.

Kaytee Fournier
Kaytee Fournier

And like drugs: you can ban it.... but it really don't do shit to stop it! haha! =P

s_bogal
s_bogal

mccain is a liar, a hypocrite, and a traitor to our country from the vietnam war. he has nothing to say that anyone should pay attention to. he need to just shut up and go away.

Kenn Tomasch
Kenn Tomasch

Then it's like the Animal Revolution. If you think your dog is going to be on YOUR side when that comes, you're going to be disappointed. Ally, Schmally.

Joe Rollins
Joe Rollins

They've been an ally for a very long time. Over two decades, in fact. That doesn't mean they are required to do whatever we want though.

David Hill
David Hill

it IS a slap in the face to americans, telling them to wake up and notice all the bad shit the government does, I just can't wait to hear what other secrets Snowden has to tell

Sara Sturz
Sara Sturz

Whatever, the heinous crimes that our government commits on a daily basis is shameful.

Robin Scott Andress
Robin Scott Andress

From the guy who helps protect the Wall Street folk who destroyed our economy this sounds like B.S.

Vince Rafferty
Vince Rafferty

John McCain needs to retire he's a fucking joke to the party

Marco Cruz
Marco Cruz

Idk but I agree with Russia banning gays from their country.

James Wasil
James Wasil

Mcmuffin is fried. He only represents his corporation's interests and his friends and lobbyists interests...and that has nothing to do with the people whatsoever.

hjoemora
hjoemora

McCain is a weenie , he needs to go away !

Eric W Palmer
Eric W Palmer

McCain broke his oath to uphold the constitution. He is a tool of the Military Industrial Complex and a pawn of the intelligence community.

Josh Havig
Josh Havig

Disagree. Truth is treason in the empire of lies.

Kenn Tomasch
Kenn Tomasch

Because up 'til now, we figured Russia was TOTALLY on our side.

Jim Thomas
Jim Thomas

I have NO interest in listening to anything mcnothing has to say!!!

Alan M. Kafton
Alan M. Kafton

McCain is still a Cold War Hawk with a confrontational zeal towards military power and solutions.

Penny Tompkins Cook
Penny Tompkins Cook

Send Snowden to Siberia to live in an empty shack with no technology or communication capabilities

Jason Nicklin
Jason Nicklin

McCain is one of the biggest douchebags in the Senate. He's the one who belongs in Gitmo. I'll never understand how someone who was a p.o.w. could write indefinite detention without trial into law.

Scott Schulte
Scott Schulte

We've already had our 'slap in the face', when the NSA information was leaked!

Denny Friedman
Denny Friedman

I'll bet Edward Snowden will somehow get renditioned and disappear from Russia in the near future

Joe Rollins
Joe Rollins

This man hasn't had a rational thought in 20 years. Someone send him to the old folks home so he can stare at bowls of fruit in peace.

marcy
marcy

McCain is an old-school war monger and no friend of freedom and a long time hater of the US Constitution.  


Linda Gibson
Linda Gibson

Well better to slap him than having a rotten tomato thrown towards his face!

Nichols
Nichols

The "Out of Control U.S. Government Spying on its own Citizenry" is a "Slap in the Face to Americans McStain!

Telephone, and Internet Spying is nothing!

These Out of Control Spying U.S. Government Agencies have Tens of Thousands of Disgiused Polytechnic Drones flying over the U.S. all of which loaded with high tech Thermal Dynamic cameras, and Laser Listening Devices, and are Scanning "We the People" right inside our so called "Privacy of our American Homes!

Hundreds of them are circling above Phoenix now.

Our Founding Fathers would have lined up every Peeping, Perverted Government Coward in these Constitution Trashing Programs in front of a Firing Squad!

Don Stapely didn't know of Arpaio's Spying Drones, and wasted Ten Thousand Dollars having his Maricopa County Supervisor's Office swept for old school bugs.

These Drones are disgiused as phony Airliners, and private Aircrafts.

Eight Agencies in Arizona alone including the Air National Guard, Police, Sheriffs, ect. are Trashing The U.S. Contitution, and Desicrating the very graves of our Fallen Heroes that gave thier lives to Protect the U.S. Constitution, and FREEDOM from tyrants like these!

"We the People" call the Wasted Trillions on these Out of Control Spying Programs our new wonderful "National Deficit'.

To Liberty.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

Senator McCain: End imprisonment of whistleblowers and journalists or forcing them to commit "suicide" and we might not have this situation. Think Watergate and the crucifixion in the media of Daniel Ellsberg...  

And what all did you say and do when you were held captive in Vietnam?

The public has a right to know. The government turning on its own people with their tax dollars used to destroy them, raises many red flags and very serious questions, you cannot answer. 

robert_graham
robert_graham

@Rebecca Clarke Robinaugh He told me that your phone number is monitored. And so is your internet connection. Thought you might like to know that.

robert_graham
robert_graham

@Steve Smith Same could be said about the Democrats who waste money on a campaign they have no business being in.

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

@Nichols  Well said. Great public service to see a well-informed comment.  The informed public wants real information and real answers.

The Senator lacks credibility. 

Nichols
Nichols

@Truthseeker:

McCain goes which ever way the wind blows, he is not a Man of Conviction.

Keep fighting. "Freedom can not Protect itself."

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