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Our Constitution is merely a document. It happens that it is a document that was fashioned from the blood and treasure of hundreds, then thousands, of people. When I took the oath to become a soldier in the U.S. Army I did not swear allegiance to any flag, not to any commander, and not to any president. "I, Thomas Kindig, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God."

For what it is worth, I cannot see any way that the alleged NSA surveillance could possibly be constitutional. The whistle blower who discovered and exposed the NSA intercept operation in San Francisco a few years back was a patriot. His witness was swept under the carpet, and the telecom companies were granted immunity for their complacence. By congress.

Snowden is likewise a patriot. I consider myself fortunate as a service member and later a DOD contractor who signed non-disclosure agreements identical to that signed by Snowden, that I was never presented with a situation where I was exposed to illegal and unconstitutional activities. Had I been, I can only hope that I would have possessed both the courage and the wherewithal to stand up and expose the danger to my nation.

If you think that this is the sentiment of a coward or a fool then I suggest that you read the history of the drafting of our constitution. Don't start with the revolutionary war and leave it at that. Read about the founding fathers. Read the Federalist Papers. As the fourth of July approaches, think about what we are actually celebrating. We are not celebrating the exhalation of cannons and the movement of a certain patterned cloth in the wind. We are celebrating the legacy of people who were willing to risk the sacrifice of everything they had for a principle. A principle that in this nation is represented by the constitution of the United States of America.

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