The Snowden kerfluffle has produced a rare congruence of opinion. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, called the elusive, 29-year-old former intelligence contractor a "traitor." Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., also called the disclosure "an act of treason" and said Snowden should be prosecuted. Just because I think Senator Feinstein has not read it it might be useful to remind us the Constitutional definition - (Article 3, Section 3) “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court. The Congress shall have Power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted.”
From my perspective we need to separate the disclosure that Snowden did (and the opportunity it presents) with the broader issues of public policy. Surprisingly ( perhaps even for the first time) I find myself agreeing with the Senate Majority Leader who counseled that it might be a good idea to calm down.