DATELINE: SPIES COMING IN FROM THE COLD?
Not since Bradley Manning leaked for Wikileak has there been such a controversy. Is Bowe Bergdahl another military traitor? With NSA agent Edward Snowden, we have a triple play.
What has brought on such a spate of treason in America?
Is there a strange case of treason flu reaching epidemic levels?
Or, perhaps, we need to define why it is we find our citizens and government workers turning into the enemy. It sounds like a bad plot for a worse movie.
Not one of these infamous cases is a highly educated young man, but they were put in important jobs at which they reacted badly. Now the government wants to crush them like little bugs. How could such small men become such big problems?
Bergdahl’s freedom was purchased with a bunch of Al-Qaeda bigwigs. It was a steep price for a lowly soldier who simply walked away from his post in Afghanistan. Had he done his dastardly deed at Langley, he’d have been simply AWOL. He walked off the job and walked away from American life.
But, we keep wondering why seemingly normal young men have started to betray (or disagree with) the United States government. What corrosion has so tarnished the principles of the U.S. that these men feel compelled to take a different path.
And, why is our government reacting with staggering vengeance?
You might argue that Manning, Bergdahl, and Snowden, all have mental problems that caused them to behave illogically. You could argue it, but that would make you no better than the NSA or the US Army wanting to crush an ant with a sledgehammer.
If you throw UFO whistleblower Bob Lazar into the mix, you have Dreamland horrors. We have a growing number of young men who distrust, disbelieve, and disdain the government and its leaders. Is there a root cause? Will the real liars please stand up?
You could say these young men all violated an oath and show themselves to be unfaithful, but haven’t we built the 21st century on the postulate that you don’t blindly follow—whether it is Nazi saboteurs or al-Qaeda terrorists?
Bergdahl, Lazar, Manning, and Snowden, make us squeamish because they either have the guts to do what others fear, or we have an assembly line of minor players infiltrating our government with the ease of buying a losing lottery ticket.