Michele Bachmann calls Edward Snowden a "traitor" [VIDEO]

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Bachmann is already convinced beyond a shadow of doubt that Snowden is a Benedict Arnold.
Amy Klobuchar thinks NSA leaker Edward Snowden should probably be prosecuted. But Michele Bachmann did her one better today on the House floor by coming right out and calling Snowden a "traitor."

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Bachmann also suggested Snowden's revelations about the NSA's surveillance programs "helped America's enemies" and damaged our national security.

Here's a transcript of a portion of Bachmann's remarks, including a couple questions she directed to NSA Director Keith Alexander, followed by the raw video:
BACHMANN: It seems to me that the problem here is that of an individual who worked within the system, who broke laws, and who chose to declassify highly sensitive classified information. It seems to me that's where our focus should be, on how there could be a betrayal of trust, and how a traitor could do something like this to the American people. It seems to me that's where our focus must be, and how we can prevent something like that from ever happening again.

BACHMANN TO ALEXANDER: Let me ask your opinion -- how damaging is this to the national security of the American people that this trust was violated?

ALEXANDER: I think it was irreversible and significant damage to this nation.

BACHMANN: Has this helped America's enemies?

ALEXANDER: I believe it has, and I believe it will hurt us and our allies.


Bachmann also made headlines today for taking a shot at Karl Rove. A few weeks ago, in response to Bachmann's announcement that she won't run for reelection last year, Rove said it was for the best, as Bachmann "did nothing" as chairman of the congressional Tea Party caucus and would have a harder time holding the 6th District seat than a less-polarizing Republican.

In response, during a radio appearance on Laura Ingraham's show today, Bachmann said, "The base of our party is not where Karl Rove is, to be honest with you."

"I think that perhaps he wants to be the conscience of the Republican Party," she continued.

Some might say that no matter who wins the rhetorical battle between Rove and Bachmann, they're both losers.

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ItsMyLife
ItsMyLife

go away you horror of a women!

yuppy
yuppy

well, she's right

nbrooks4
nbrooks4

Not sure what all this guy leaked, but it's been known that the government has been spying on us for years. It all started with Bush shortly after 9/11.  What?, did no one believe it till now?  It's a crime IMO to invade the privacy of an individual. it seems our government is becoming more like the Nazis with their tactics. Cops seem to be able to just barge into homes without warrants, the media is controlled and slanted with half truths and of course spying on it's law abiding population just in case. What next?  We start putting people who stand up for their freedoms into camps?  Don't laugh, the way we are going it is possible.

All this makes me sad.  I wish we could get people in government that would do right by the people and not for the few fanatics.  We should change our motto from the land of the free and home of the brave because we are slowly becoming less free and the way they make it sound with "keeping you safe" we are no longer brave.  We have had so few attack from "terrorists" that all this is just retarded.  


Just my two cents for what it's worth.  :)

Kent Klinger
Kent Klinger

Kind of wish she would have kept out of this one. He needs to start ignoring all the talking heads.

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

Let's all bear in mind that Rep. Bachmann has always voted for more surveillance of Americans every chance she has gotten.  She has never seen an authoritarian infringement on individual rights that she does not support.

This may be confusing to some, because Rep. Bachmann never misses a chance to proclaim her support for freedom, and to proclaim her victim status.  You have to look at what kinds of freedom she supports, and what she considers to be infringements of her own freedom.

Basically, Rep. Bachmann cannot fathom the notion that her freedom to swing her fist ends at the tip of my nose.  She understands "freedom to," but not "freedom from."  She, and others like her, fundamentally believe that people are bad and must be punished and controlled by authority figures.  She is more concerned about light bulbs and guns, which she wants to have for herself, than she is about freedom of assembly, speech and privacy, which she imagines other people might be using for ends she fears.  She supports American's freedom to conform to authority; particularly if that authority uses violence to suppress the rights of others.  If anyone were to use their freedoms to challenge the authority of the status quo, that would potentially threaten the people who support her.  Rep. Bachmann being unable to grant to others the freedom she demands for herself, she can't tolerate that.

I can't wait until she leaves the US House.  I can't imagine what she plans afterward.  I hope it's just a Fox News sinecure.

Mark Whalen
Mark Whalen

Is this all she does is trash talk ? Does anything positive come out of her mouth?? goodgrief!!!!

k2yeb
k2yeb topcommenter

Exposing truth is not what makes a traitor. I think he crossed the line when he mentioned what we were doing to other countries like China, but anyone that stands for freedom and personal rights/liberty to me is about as American as you can get.

Perception is not always reality. The media often picks our reality for us. History also is generally biased, like a Bachmann. I was hoping she would go back to her bat cave and hide in the closet with her husband.

Nicholas S. Goers
Nicholas S. Goers

Michele Bachmann also thinks she's doing a good job as a politician...

Daren L. MN
Daren L. MN

Snowden is a real patriot. Bachmann is nothing more than a parrot.

Phil Gonzales
Phil Gonzales

As far as humanity is concerned, Bachmann is a pile of Jimmy Dean sausages with a facial.

Bob Alberti
Bob Alberti

As far as everyone else is concerned, Bachmann is a grifter.

Realist
Realist

@nbrooks4 It most certainly did not start with GWB. It ramped up, but didn't start with his administration. Look into 'Echelon'. This stuff has been around a long, long time.

nbrooks4
nbrooks4

@Realist @nbrooks4 Thank you, I will look into that.  I remember Oliver North but was unaware that is when they started spying on us, I was under the assumption that this all started with homeland security. 

josh019
josh019

@Realist @nbrooks4 Exactly Correct - They were having these congressional hearings with Oliver North in the 80's when Daniel Inohwe (sp?) from Hawaii requested that any talks revolving around suspending the constitution in an emergency be kept out of the public hearing because of them touching on classified subject matter. This goes well beyond any political party - they have trying to advance this agenda for years and 9/11 just made it possible for these crooks to steal our rights- democrat or republican.

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