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              This image provided by Human Rights Watch shows NSA leaker, Edward Snowden, centre, attends a press conference at Moscow

2014 Winter Olympics: Let Snowden carry the flag

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Rick Robinson
Author, Writ of Mandamus
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      Rick Robinson

      Rick Robinson has spent thirty years in politics and law, including a stint on Capitol Hill as Legislative Director/Chief Counsel to then-Congressman Jim Bunning (R-KY). He has been active in all levels of politics, from advising candidates on the national level to walking door-to-door in city council races. He ran for the United States Congress in 1998.

      Rick’s first book, The Maximum Contribution, was named a “Finalist” in the 2008 Next Generation Indie Books Awards in the genre of political fiction. It also won an Honorable Mention at the 2008 Hollywood Book Festival. Sniper Bid, was released on Election Day 2009 and opened on Amazon’s Top Seller list at #46 of political fiction. Sniper Bid earned 5 national awards: Finalist USA Book News Best Books of 2009; Finalist Best Indie Novel Next Generation Indie Books Awards; Runner-up at the 2009 Nashville Book Festival; Honorable Mentions at the 2008 New England Book Festival and the 2009 Hollywood Book Festival. Throughout 2009 both books appeared on Amazon’s Top Seller List on the same day.

      Rick’s third offering, Manifest Destiny, was released in the spring of 2010. It was named Best Fiction at the Paris Book Festival, a Finalist for Best Fiction in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Best Fiction at the New York Book Festival, a Finalist as Best Thriller in the Indie Excellence Awards, and won Honorable mention in the Beach Book Festival, the Hollywood Book Festival and the San Francisco Book Festival.

      A graduate of Eastern Kentucky University and Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Rick currently practices law in Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky with the law firm of Graydon Head & Ritchey LLP. Rick, and his wife Linda, live in Ft. Mitchell with their three children, Josh, Zach and MacKenzie.

In late-1979, a bunch of heavily armed commies crossed the Russian border into Afghanistan. President Jimmy Carter was royally pissed that the Soviets were getting involved in fighting a civil war – especially when the insurgent Mujahideen got all their military training from Carter’s CIA operatives in Pakistan.

On January 20, 1980, in a response typical of the Cold War era, President Carter issued a stern ultimatum that either the Soviets withdraw their troops from Afghanistan within 30 days or the United States would – wait for it – boycott the Summer Olympics to be held later that year in Moscow.

Quaking with fear at the thought that their basketball team would have to compete for a gold medal without facing the likes of Kentucky’s Sam Bowie, Indiana’s Isiah Thomas and Louisville’s Rodney McCray, the Soviets sent Carter a wire saying they were very sorry about intervening in another country’s internal political affairs and immediately withdrew from Afghanistan.

Psych. Just kidding.

The Soviets flipped us the bird, won a whole bunch of medals they did not deserve, and ended up having an occupying force in Afghanistan for nearly a decade.

This week, in a move that would make Jimmy Carter blush with pride, Sen. Lindsey Graham has declared that the United States should consider boycotting the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia over – of all things – Edward Snowden.

NSA leaker Edward Snowden is the [insert: “hero” or “traitor” here] who has been on an extended layover at Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow as he attempts to catch a connecting flight to Bolivia, Cuba, Nicaragua, Venezuela, or someplace else willing to offer him asylum.

One would think that eating Russian airport food for nearly a month would be punishment enough for whatever crime Snowden has committed.

On a side note – back in February, I had to hang out at Atlanta’s Hartsfield Airport while Delta took over 24 hours to fly me from Cincinnati to New Orleans. By the end of the ordeal, had someone tried to force feed me airport borscht, I probably would have given national secrets away too. But I digress.

It’s not lost on anyone that Edward Snowden, who claims he leaked whatever he leaked in the name of liberty, is seeking asylum in countries that, in fact, abhor liberty. It’s a contradiction of principles for him to claim his acts were done under the cloak of civil disobedience and then attempt to seek refuge in countries where dissidents are routinely imprisoned or worse for their actions.

When Patrick Henry spoke to the Virginia House of Burgesses in support of the Colonies entering the Revolutionary War, he did not declare: “Give me liberty or give me asylum somewhere in Latin America where, despite my firm stand here today, I can feel reasonably safe.”