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Submitted by Simon Black via Sovereign Man blog,

Ron Paul recently said on his Facebook page:

“My understanding is that espionage means giving secret or classified information to the enemy. Since Snowden shared information with the American people, his indictment for espionage could reveal (or confirm) that the US Government views you and me as the enemy.”

He’s right. If nothing else, the way this has played out tells you everything you really need to know about the Land of the Free right now.

Snowden has been demonized by just about every government official on record. US Secretary of State John Kerry called Snowden’s actions “despicable and beyond description,” while US Senator Lindsey Graham said, “I hope we’ll chase him to the ends of the earth…”

Words like “hanging” and “treason” are floating around the mainstream media. It’s incredible. The issue no longer has anything to do with the criminality of the government spying programs. But whether Snowden should be shot or hung.

Yet amazingly enough, many polls show that roughly half of Americans think that Snowden is a traitor and should be prosecuted. And among the Twittering classes, the discussion quickly turned to Snowden’s ‘hot or not’ status as a potential sex symbol.

Such data is truly profound. Roughly half of Americans don’t give a rat’s eye about their own liberty. And it’s obvious that the US government has every intention to continue these programs full speed ahead.

When it becomes this clear that you no longer share basic, core values with your government... or your neighbors... maybe it’s time to consider other options.

The world is a big place, after all. And there’s a tremendous amount of freedom and opportunity ripe for pioneering, talented people.

One last thing I’d like to point out on the matter is whether or not Mr. Snowden would have been aided if he had procured a second passport. The answer, quite simply, is a resounding yes.

Snowden is now marred in a number of banal legal technicalities.

The US government has cancelled his passport (another questionable legal move from Uncle Sam). So he appears stuck in the international transit area at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport.

He’s not legally able to fly back to Hong Kong. Nor is he legally able to board a flight to Havana for onward travel to Ecuador, in order to apply for asylum.

If Mr. Snowden had been able to procure a second passport prior to stepping into the limelight, he would likely not be in this predicament as he could have been traveling on his other passport.

This is one of the hidden virtues of having a second passport. You might never ‘need’ one. But should such a need ever arise, it can really be a life saver.

In Mr. Snowden’s case, the best option on the table would have been Brazil.

Why? Because anyone can be Brazilian. It doesn’t matter what your ethnicity is; Brazil is a melting pot of 200+ million people. White, black, brown, it doesn’t matter. Even obviously anglo names like Edward Snowden are not terribly uncommon in Brazil.

Moreover, Brazil has a very clear policy of not giving up its citizens.

Yes, Brazil technically does have an extradition treaty with the US. But nations routinely set aside extradition treaties whenever it suits them.

So if Snowden had become a Brazilian (which anyone can do– via 2-4 years of residency, or marriage, or even having a child), he could be happily living out his days on the beach in Fortaleza, rather than being stuck in a Russian transit zone.

I personally would like to wish Mr. Snowden safe and speedy travels to his next destination... which will hopefully be far from the United States of America and its faux justice system.

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Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:02 | 3703916 francis_sawyer
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I say 'Bo Diddley' [in the other thread]... & up pops Simon Black... I have magical powers today... OK people ~ I'm off to the track... In honor of you, Simon... I'll bet all the 'Brazilian' horses... Because... because... well, I GIVE A RATS EYE about things...

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:03 | 3703934 kito
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forget the track................pick stocks!!

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 23:15 | 3705487 merizobeach
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As much as I'd enjoy smashing my fist into the front of Simon's smug face and stomping his condescending tone into the past, I still agree with him on the wisdom of holding multiple passports.  My 'travel guru' buddy had years of passport problems, being from Serbia, and from experience, he espouses the benefits of having more options.  He has admonished me numerous times for 'falling behind on getting another passport'.  After much research, he learned that purchasing three consecutive one-year working visas in the Dominican Republic, while making bi-annual visits qualified him for citizenship; so he now has that passport.  As an aside, his daughter is an interesting story: born in Brazil to a Puerto Rican mother, the baby, at a half year old, had visited four continents and held passports for Brazil, USA, DR, Serbia, and Croatia; I am told she will have visited a fifth continent and hold a sixth passport, Hungarian, by year's end.

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 15:19 | 3703936 prains
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franc when you need one too, this is what it will look like;

<------NSA

 

http://i.imgur.com/lKNztjq.png

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:07 | 3703941 robilla
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But can Snowden still get access to his gold he's artfully stashed around the globe Simon?

I'm also fairly confident the NSA/CIA/ Booz would have frowned upon an employee having a backup passport. Sort of a red flag

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:20 | 3703984 Citxmech
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Oh - all I have to do is:  1. Marry a Brazilian; 2. Have a child with a Brazilian; or 3. Live in Brazil for somewhere between 2 and 4 years (which is it?).  JFC - each of those is so f'n easy, it's hard to see why E. Snoden didn't have a spare Brazilian passport on hand.

Fer fuck's sake Simon, get real.

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:27 | 3704005 Joe Sixpack
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Ibn theory that is great, but for a person with ties to the CIA pr NSA to get a second passport may not be that easy for at least a couple of reasons. First if the agencies got wind of it, the person would be questioned, and likely watched. Second, how would the host countries react? Let's see, Occupation: spy. Hmmm...

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 17:30 | 3704766 rwe2late
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Joe Sixpack

"for a person with ties to the CIA pr NSA to get a second passport may not be that easy"

Is that true even if one is an Israeli (dual) citizen ? ? ?

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:33 | 3704025 FeralSerf
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What's so difficult with having a child with a Brazilian? Besides the objections from his Hawaiian girlfriend, that is.

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:37 | 3704043 francis_sawyer
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Time, once again, for the Brazilian Grannies...

~~~

http://www.omg.mk/index.php/omg/item/119-miss-brazilian-grandmas-2012

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:57 | 3704131 brunoaa
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I am from Europe and naturalized Brazilian. I can tell you it is rather difficult to become Brazilian. Live there 2 to 4 years, how? on a tourist visa you can only stay 3 months. On an employment visa, OK if you are hired by a local company which can prove that it cannot find a Brazilian with the same qualification (which was my case). Good luck with that. So 3 is almost impossible.

If your girlfriend/wife is pregnant you can have the baby on Brazilian soil (provided you can foot the stratosferic hospital bill unless you want to test the public hospital which people are currently demonstrating about..) Being born in Brazil your son will be Brazilian and you will qualify for residency and after 1 year (I think) you can apply for citizenship.

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 15:30 | 3704293 francis_sawyer
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Yeah ~ but that's no problem for Simon... He has, like, 16 'Rochefocauld's'... He'll just bribe an immigration officer with one...

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 17:34 | 3704781 FeralSerf
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Europeans don't have a clue what "stratospheric hospital bill" is unless they've had the American experience.

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:57 | 3704132 brunoaa
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I am from Europe and naturalized Brazilian. I can tell you it is rather difficult to become Brazilian. Live there 2 to 4 years, how? on a tourist visa you can only stay 3 months. On an employment visa, OK if you are hired by a local company which can prove that it cannot find a Brazilian with the same qualification (which was my case). Good luck with that. So 3 is almost impossible.

If your girlfriend/wife is pregnant you can have the baby on Brazilian soil (provided you can foot the stratosferic hospital bill unless you want to test the public hospital which people are currently demonstrating about..) Being born in Brazil your son will be Brazilian and you will qualify for residency and after 1 year (I think) you can apply for citizenship.

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:08 | 3703957 Dr. Engali
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Why don't you use some of your voodoo magic to raise some of this gold all the Hedgers have lost in unfortunate boating accidents?

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:13 | 3703968 DeadFred
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Or find some way to keep us away from those boats. It's crazy how much has been lost.

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 16:37 | 3704617 NidStyles
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I learned how to swim escaping the boat tragedies.

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 13:59 | 3703918 drink or die
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"Yes, Brazil technically does have an extradition treaty with the US. But nations routinely set aside extradition treaties whenever it suits them."

 

Yeah, that totally sounds like a safe bet to me. 

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:05 | 3703939 ParkAveFlasher
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He meant "whenever it power suits them", "power suits" referring to the skittle-shooting atomic exoskeleton industry that keeps Simon and his CIA buddies (and his oompa loompa luggage caravan) freely globe-trotting.

It's a great business, why not do that instead of the humdrum day job?

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:08 | 3703948 DaveyJones
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"Yes, Brazil technically does have an extradition treaty with the US. But nations routinely set aside extradition treaties whenever it suits them."

That's nothing, the US sets aside every rule.

We're #1

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:00 | 3703921 kito
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what!!!!! NOT CHILE?!?!??!?!? but.....but.............

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:02 | 3703928 ParkAveFlasher
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How about the Planetary Core, Simon?  You can even take a boat. 

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:02 | 3703931 francis_sawyer
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only if it's made out of unobtanium...

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:07 | 3703949 ParkAveFlasher
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That's not a problem in April and May, when the solar-shock gauss fields lessen and the swirling gobs of molten elemental iron abate.  Seems like this Snowden character didn't do his homework, right Simon?

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:02 | 3703929 0b1knob
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He could buy a passport from St. Kitts.   It costs $25000.   Selling such passports is a major source of income for St. Kitts.

St. Kitts has an extradition treaty but "Extradition shall not be granted if the offense for which extradition is requested is a political offense."

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:10 | 3703962 prains
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and he'd have a great shot at making their bob sled team for the winter olympics

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:16 | 3703978 ParkAveFlasher
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That's rayciss!

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:34 | 3704022 prains
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no, i'm sure his ex girlfriend had him on a 9 almonds-a-day diet so he'd probably look great in a onesy nut hugger

as I'm sure our international man of mistory simon noir does when he's swooshing on the slopes of cheapenzuela

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:34 | 3704031 knukles
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Oh, so bobsled racing is no longer a race anymore?
Can't talk about anything theses days...
Next it'll be NASCAR parking

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:41 | 3704064 prains
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the way they design the tracks now, it's more to do with who gets to the bottom with their melon still in their bucket.

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 18:34 | 3704913 Element
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Is there anyone sober who watches more than one lap of NASCAR before auto-flipping the remote?

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:40 | 3704059 David Fry
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Read the book by Neil Strauss (SP?) "Emergency"

St. Kitts is prominently featured and what you have to do.

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:03 | 3703932 g'kar
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“My understanding is that espionage means giving secret or classified information to the enemy. Since Snowden shared information with the American people, his indictment for espionage could reveal (or confirm) that the US Government views you and me as the enemy.”

 

Based on Ron Pauls comments, Snowden would never see the inside of a public courtroom.

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:07 | 3703951 Oldballplayer
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The last thing the government wants to see is "discovery." If he comes back they plea him down and in return he gives up his computers and reaffirms his secrecy oath.

He walks. But he would be in tough shape for the rest of his life.

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:45 | 3704076 TPTB_r_TBTF
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After the ghost writer finishes Snowden's book, he can live off the royalties.

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:25 | 3703995 DeadFred
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The people are both enemy and prey, it's a twofer

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:03 | 3703933 DaveyJones
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“despicable and beyond description,”

I have to give the good secretary credit, unlike Snowden, his despicable acts are quite descriptive

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:04 | 3703938 Tsunami Wave
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I knew from the title it would be written by Simon 'International' Black. Whatever happened to Peter Tchair of Two Minds?

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 16:23 | 3704548 bank guy in Brussels
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Mixing up two contributors ...

Peter Tchir of TF Market Advisors, who was absolutely terrific on Europe ... he seems to have been replaced by the empty words of Mark Grant, who just quotes Alice in Wonderland or something similar while saying the mostly obvious, or making wrong predictions when he does guess at something

And Charles Hugh Smith of 'Two Minds' is very much now a ZH regular ...

Peter Tchir occasionally makes media appearances on Bloomberg and so on:

http://www.tfmarketadvisors.com/our-insights/media/

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:15 | 3703945 Dr. Engali
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I've got news for you Simon the NWO is worldwide. There is no place in the world that will be safe from the growing police state. There may be a temporary reprieve for Snowden, but for the right price aything can be bought from the gangsters that run the world today.

 

It's like Obummer said "I'm not going to scramble jets for a 29 year old hacker". Why does he have to when there is a drone with Snowden's name on it?

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:19 | 3703982 DaveyJones
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true but "the US" is doing more to export its inflation, its empire, its destruction and its hypocrisy than anyone else. This is an intersting opportunity for leverage and to regain "a ballance" of opposing forces. Hence the desperate need to label him a "criminal" and "war on terror" enemy as quickly as possible. But golly don't all "bad" nations do that to political exiles?  Once again, the "defendant" is his own worst witness. Our own citizens may be 50% divided. I wonder how the rest of the world thinks?  

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:52 | 3704101 TPTB_r_TBTF
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74% of the Esslinger think he is a hero: Poll Esslinger News

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 15:13 | 3704202 DaveyJones
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cool, thanks

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:07 | 3703950 Colonel Klink
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Craaaaaaaaaaaaaaap!

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:07 | 3703952 Fuh Querada
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Having a second passport is like having an additional penis.

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:14 | 3703974 machineh
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Then you'll be luckier than a two-dicked dog.

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 17:39 | 3704731 zipit
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Please PM me if your 2-dicked dog is for sale? Things are kind of boring around here and it would be a real conversation starter around the neighborhood.  Thank you.  PS: How old is the dog?  Not trying to waste money on some middle-aged dog with two dicks that don't work.  Thanks.

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:10 | 3703961 disabledvet
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Dad Snowden to Son Snowden: "listen son, i think you've generated enough attention now. come on home so we can finally cash in on this thing."

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:21 | 3703985 IridiumRebel
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Dad Snowden to Son Snowden: "Son, they killed Muffy and are threatening mom. GET THE FUCK HOME NOW."

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 14:44 | 3704072 Beam Me Up Scotty
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Thats probably just the first step toward North Korean style prison camps.  If you tell ANYONE our secrets not only will you go, but your whole family will too, and we will not make it a pleasant visit for any of you.  And your kids and grand kids will grow up there.  Sure you want to go leaking our information???

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