If Dick Cheney is looking for traitors, I suggest he take a look in the mirror. The audacity of his chutzpah is unsurpassed. One does not need a well-honed sense of irony to appreciate the weirdness of Cheney–the man who went on a rampage against an authentic, genuine undercover CIA officer in charge of covert operations against Iraq while we were at war with Iraq–pontificating about the treachery of Edward Snowden.

The more I examine the substance of the so-called “leaks” by Snowden, the only real damage he did was to blow the whistle on the obvious. He did not reveal a capability unknown to our enemies. Seriously. Do you think our adversaries believed that we were incapable of intercepting their phone calls and computer messages? Nope. The only ones in the dark were (and are) the American people. We really did not want to believe that our Government was invading our privacy.

Snowden’s sin was to challenge the Washingoton establishment.

His revelations really did not expose any technological capability that your average tekkie does not already know is within the realm of possibility. For example, your cell phone, even if turned off, can be used as a listening device. Twenty years ago, spies had to send covert teams into a target’s house if they wanted to hear what was going on. Not today. Same vulnerability exists with WiFi computers.

What could Snowden have revealed that would have been really damaging? He could have identified where all of our drone bases are located. He could have revealed all of the technical specs about drones. You know–speed flight, altitude and communications links. That kind of information would do harm.

He could have exposed the identity of an undercover CIA officer, but he didn’t. Nope. That’s the shit that Dick Cheney did. Cheney, who became rich because of his Washington insider status and his willingness to play the revolving door between the public and private sector, is a poster boy for all that is wrong with Washington. Edward Snowden? Perhaps he is a true patriot.

One thing I know for certain. Telling Americans that their Government is violating the Fourth Amendment is not being a traitor. Snowden is innocent on that count.

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Larry C. Johnson is a former analyst at the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, who moved subsequently in 1989 to the U.S. Department of State, where he served four years as the deputy director for transportation security, antiterrorism assistance training, and special operations in the State Department's Office of Counterterrorism. He left government service in October 1993 and set up a consulting business. He currently is the co-owner and CEO of BERG Associates, LLC (Business Exposure Reduction Group) and is an expert in the fields of terrorism, aviation security, and crisis and risk management, and money laundering investigations. Johnson is the founder and main author of No Quarter, a weblog that addresses issues of terrorism and intelligence and politics. NoQuarterUSA was nominated as Best Political Blog of 2008.