By John Vibes
Rand Paul thinks that “a few years in prison” is a reasonable sentence for Snowden
WASHINGTON (INTELLIHUB) — Politicians are very good at cloaking their violent demands in flowery language that makes it seem like they are good people with good intentions. Some believe that Rand Paul is a politician that is looking out for the people and dedicated to freedom and peace, however this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Rand Paul has repeatedly called for war in various areas of the middle east and spoke favorably of prohibitionist policies on many different occasions.
Now he has recommended jail time for Edward Snowden, despite speaking favorably of his actions.
“I don’t think Edward Snowden deserves the death penalty or life in prison, I think that’s inappropriate, and I think that’s why he fled, because that’s what he faced,” Paul told George Stephanopoulos on “This Week” Sunday. “Do I think that it’s okay to leak secrets and give up national secrets and things that could endanger lives? I don’t think that’s okay either, but I think the courts are now saying that what he revealed was something the government was doing was illegal.”
Paul compared Snowden’s law-breaking to the controversial testimony of Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who previously testified before Congress that the NSA did not collect data from American citizens intentionally.
“I don’t think we can selectively apply the law. So James Clapper did break the law and there is a prison sentence for that. So did Edward Snowden,” Paul said.
“So I think personally he probably would come home for some penalty of a few years in prison which would be probably not unlike what James Clapper probably deserves for lying to Congress, and that maybe if they served in a prison cell together, we’d become further enlightened as a country over what we should and shouldn’t do,” Paul added.
The New York Times and The Guardian both published editorials this week calling for clemency for Snowden, with The New York Times writing, “Considering the enormous value of the information he has revealed, and the abuses he has exposed, Mr. Snowden deserves better than a life of permanent exile, fear and flight. He may have committed a crime to do so, but he has done his country a great service.”
 Sen. Rand Paul Calls for ‘Reasonable Sentence’ for Edward Snowden – ABC