White House Website Petition To Pardon Edward Snowden Surpasses Threshold For Presidential Response

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A petition begun June 9 at President Barack Obama’s “We The People” White House petition website calling for the pardon of Edward Snowden has crossed the 100,000-signature threshold needed in order to elicit an official response.

As of Monday afternoon, the petition had exceeded 113,000 signatures. It calls Snowden a “national hero” and commends him for shining a light on the National Security Agency’s (NSA) furtive spying programs he observed as a former contractor:

WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO:

Pardon Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden is a national hero and should be immediately issued a full, free, and absolute pardon for any crimes he has committed or may have committed related to blowing the whistle on secret NSA surveillance programs.

We The People has been active since Obama launched the site in 2011 as a high-profile effort to demonstrate his Administration’s commitment to transparency and accessibility. But scandals involving the National Security Agency, The Associates Press and the Internal Revenue Service have damaged whatever goodwill the President may have created with the American public in his bid to appear trustworthy. And in order to open or sign a petition, users must create an account at whitehouse.gov that links them to the site.

In Snowden’s case, the Administration wouldn’t be breaking precedent if there’s no response, despite the petition for his pardon meeting requirements Obama himself help put in place. Successful petitions for the President to intervene amid ongoing investigations of other criminal suspects like Chris Williams, who allegedly violated the law by growing medical marijuana, have been met with silence.

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  • Diane Ringen

    I have renewed “faith” in the American people.

  • Alan

    They’ll never pardon him. They were caught with their hand in the proverbial “cookie jar” and someone has to be the patsy.

  • hungry4food

    Snowden and all the other whistle blowers wouldn’t be
    blowing the whistle if the Culture of Corruption and crime against the American
    Peoples Liberties were not part of the SPYING Program so I blame the Obama
    Administration for OVERSTEPING their Boundaries and making Political
    enemies part of the Spying Program !!!!!!!

    And because this kind of secret spying developed a Greed for
    MORE and MORE Power over the People and thats as dangerous as exposing the
    secrets to the enemies , so I blame those who were committing crimes against
    the liberties of the people and how that creates the culture to want to tell
    the truth about the CRIME against Liberty .

    We the People should have been told our phones were bugged
    and our emails and our LIVES were NOW property of the United States Federal
    Government so it did not Inspire Whistle Blowers to BLOW our Statist societies
    Cover !!!!!

  • Alex

    Pardon Bradley Manning before you pardon Snowden! He’s been waiting longer.

    Manning deserves the Medal of Honor more than most of the usual mercenaries we hand them out to…

    • fullyalive

      Snowden needs no pardon! He did more right than any! Hero! He should be left alone and YES, pardon poor Manning and pardon ALL those whistle-blowers (just think how they abused poor Manning and so many others for reporting wrong-doing which has since been confirmed by decorated veterans). What we need to do, as a people, is to demand that all those countless activists that were inappropriately put into jail for speaking up or demonstrating be released immediately. They are our voice, our voice of consciousness and conscience. We should be proud of them and stand up for them. OUT NOW!

  • dadhoover

    I agree with Elsberg who wrote that what Snowden did for us was more important a job of whistle blowing than his own back in the early 70’s regarding the Viet Nam War.

    Without Snowden’s exposing what has been going on behind our backs against our constitutional rights to privacy, we would not have opened up this much needed discussion about our governments ‘over reach’ to supposedly “KEEP US SAFE”. SNOWDEN HAS DONE WE AMERICANS A HUGE FAVOR, BUT I FEAR IT IS LOST ON THE FAR TOO MANY “SHEEPLE” THAT MAKE UP OUR VOTING PUBLIC. THEY REMAIN CLUELESS AS TO THE DANGERS THIS NSA SURVEILLANCE STATE ISSUE IS TO OUR FREEDOMS.

  • Wellarmed

    “And in order to open or sign a petition, users must create an account at whitehouse.gov that links them to the site.”

    You get to have a first class e-ticket ride on the rail car of your choice to their final solution ( sorry, I mean ) destination.

    That is why I will head there now, and sign the damn petition.

    If you are willing to let them censor your speech or your actions, then they have already won. It would be better to donate your stored food and ammo to someone worthy of them if you cannot bring yourself to sign this unnecessary petition.

    Last time I checked, Rosa Parks (who I greatly admire) denied her petition for an unconditional pardon due to the fact that she broke no law.

    She was and is a true American Hero, no less than PFC Manning, or Edward Snowden.