A former US lawmaker has expressed concerns that the Obama administration might resort to assassinating NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden with a cruise or a “drone missile.”
Speaking at a televised news show with Fox network on Tuesday, former Texas Republican Congressman and 2012 US presidential candidate Ron Paul said, “I’m worried about somebody in our government might kill him with a cruise missile or a drone missile,” RT reported Wednesday.
Paul has been an outspoken critic of the entire US establishment and the Obama administration’s targeted killing program.
“It’s a shame that we are in an age where people who tell the truth about what the government is doing gets into trouble,” said Paul, who retired from the US House of Representatives in January after representing his Texas congressional district for 36 years.
“I mean, we live in a bad time where American citizens don’t even have rights and that they can be killed,” he added. “But the gentleman [Snowden] is trying to tell the truth about what’s going on.”
According to the report, Paul also stated in another interview earlier this week with conservative Washington Times daily that the US government “operates largely in secret, while seeking to know everything about our private lives – without probable cause and without a warrant.”
In that interview he also expressed appreciation for vital information leaked out by whistleblowers about the US government’s abuse of power.
“The government does not need to know more about what we are doing,” Paul said. “We need to know more about what the government is doing.”
“We should be thankful for individuals like Edward Snowden and Glenn Greenwald who see injustice being carried out by their own government and speak out, despite the risk. They have done a great service to the American people by exposing the truth about what our government is doing in secret,” the former congressman added.
Last week, Snowden leaked documents exposing the widespread surveillance of US communications under FISA, as well as a separate NSA program named PRISM that allows the government to access private conversations conducted over Facebook, Google, Skype and other services.
“I don’t want to live in a society that does these sort of things,” Snowden told The Guardian over the weekend. “I do not want to live in a world where everything I do and say is recorded. That is not something I am willing to support or live under.