When former spy Edward Snowden revealed to the world that the federal government is spying on most Americans, most Americans were surprised and unhappy. But half of official Washington yawned before it roared. Somehow the people in the government had a pretty good idea of what government spies are doing, and they more or less approve of it — but not all of them.Politicians as diverse as House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat, called Mr. Snowden a traitor. So did former Vice President Dick Cheney, and President Obama said that for once, Mr. Cheney’s words were music to his ears.
On the other hand, former Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich, Ohio Democrat; Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican; my Fox News colleague Bill O’Reilly and I all have referred to Mr. Snowden as a hero. What did Mr. Snowden do that has those in power screaming for his scalp, and those — generally — who fear the loss of liberty, including millions of young people, grateful for his courage?