A letter from Edward Snowden’s father and his lawyer, Bruce Fein, to President Obama:

Edward in his concern for and defense of human rights is a patriot, not only to America, but to all the meek, innocent, and powerless members of our race.

Some have named Edward a traitor in taint of treason. But this act is only to bully those people of conscience, who would stand with Edward, in support of basic human justice. And so it is all the more necessary that we stand in solidarity with him in defiance of unjust action through a secret government.

A blanket surveillance of its populace is ever the terrible right hand of tyrannical rule. We, as a people who lust for justice, should never accept so shameful a power.



Bruce Fein & Associates, Inc.
722 12th Street, N.W., 4th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005
Phone: 703-963-4968

July 26, 2013
President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20500

Re: Civil Disobedience, Edward J. Snowden, and the Constitution

Dear Mr. President:

You are acutely aware that the history of liberty is a history of civil disobedience to unjust laws or practices. As Edmund Burke sermonized, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”

Civil disobedience is not the first, but the last option. Henry David Thoreau wrote with profound restraint in Civil Disobedience: “If the injustice is part of the necessary friction of the machine of government, let it go, let it go: perchance it will wear smooth certainly the machine will wear out. If the injustice has a spring, or a pulley, or a rope, or a crank…

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  1. I completely agree with your statements. I think it was very brave of them to send that letter to the president.



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