Conor Friedersdorf
The Atlantic
March 19, 2014

Asked to debate whether Edward Snowden is “a patriot or a traitor” during an event at the UCLA School of Law, Bruce Fein, the attorney representing all of us in a class-action suit against the NSA, remarked on the spirit of the Fourth Amendment.

“Patriotism was defined by Thomas Paine at the founding as a citizen who protects his country from his government,” he began, “and I think that if we look at the Fourth Amendment as part of what this country is about, we see that he certainly seems to fit on that side more than treason.”

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