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Lon Snowden fights for his son

Lon Snowden took an oath: "I swear that I will defend the United States Constitution against all enemies." For thirty years, until 2009, he was in the service of the Coast Guard, the US Coast Guard.

Lon Snowden, a retired sergeant major from a family of police and military officers, likes to speak of his patriotic sentiments. At first it looked like he would fly to Moscow, give his son Edward a patriotic conscience, and convince him to come back home. Maybe not right away, but a few weeks later.

Trip to Moscow planned

So soon he will actually be traveling to Moscow - but when exactly he will keep to himself for the time being. Anatoly Kucherena, his son's Russian lawyer, has already sent him an invitation, without which Americans cannot get a visa for Russia.

But it is no longer about bringing Edward back: "Where my son spends the rest of his life, that is his decision," said Lon in an interview with George Stephanopoulos, who was President Bill Clinton's spokesman in the early 1990s and who is today moderated weekly political magazine of the television broadcaster ABC News. A return home only makes sense if Ed can count on a fair trial - and he, the father, doesn't believe in that at the moment.

"You poisoned the well"

The tone that President Barack Obama, his ministers and some US Senators use when they talk about his son makes him doubt whether a jury can judge impartially at all, should it come to a trial. "You poisoned the well," complains Snowden Sr.

Just like the Oberstabsfeldwebel a. D. Tacheles is now talking, it is the story of a rather dramatic change: In June it still seemed as if he wanted to work on a compromise under the seal of the strictest secrecy. At the time, the FBI, the US Federal Police, must have believed they could take advantage of the father's concern. No sooner had Edward landed in Russia than federal police officers stood in front of Lon's house in Allentown, Pennsylvania. They wanted him to fly to Moscow, where his son was stuck in the transit area of ​​Sheremetyevo Airport.

"Not an emotional tool"

When Lon spoke about it for the first time weeks later, he didn't mince his words. "Wait a minute, I'm not going to sit on the tarmac and be an emotional tool for you," he replied to the FBI. In the course of time he understood, he said Washington Post, that his son would not expect anything good at home. "You will throw him in a hole, he will not be allowed to talk."

The lawyer representing Lon Snowden is Republican, by the way. Bruce Fein began his career in the early 1980s in the Ronald Reagan Administration's Department of Justice. A man who sees himself as a fighter for the freedom of the individual and in sharp words disapproves of the powers that the state has appropriated under Reagan's party colleague George W. Bush in the name of counter-terrorism.

"The constitution gives the freedom of citizens priority over absolute security," emphasizes Fein. The Patriot Act, the wiretapping law passed in 2001, turns this on its head. And wherever they appear in a duet, Snowden senior and his lawyer refer to the founders of the American republic.

The chief witness of the two is Thomas Paine, the journalist who wrote in 1776 under the title Common sense wrote the political manifesto of the independence movement. "A true patriot," they quote the forefront, "saves his country from his government." (Frank Herrmann from Washington, DER STANDARD, August 14, 2013)