White House Petition to Pardon Edward Snowden Garners Required Signatures

A petition on Whitehouse.gov to pardon NSA contractor Edward Snowden for revealing the NSA's spying activities (PRISM and phone data collection) has passed the 100,000 signature threshold needed to earn a response from the White House. As of this writing the petition sits at roughly 117,000 signatures. The petition solicited the Obama Administration to pardon Snowden for any crimes he may have committed.

"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," the text of the petition reads.

No doubt those who signed the petition eagerly await a response from the White House on this issue. Earlier in the week it was reported that Snowden would be charged for leaking the classified information about the NSA's spying activities and that he had decided to seek refuge in Russia.

We will have more on this story as it develops.

Thanks to Papa Midnight for the tip.


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    Zen says:

    1. Marking something "classified" isn't an excuse to hide that you are spying on everyone.  Just because you say it's a secret and we shouldn't know doesn't mean a person shouldn't be able to inform us all that we are being "invaded" by our own government so you can do something while skirting the law and our trust.

    2. This argument is flawed because no matter how many terrorists you stop, you have to give up rights to privacy in the trade.  It's basically saying "If we don't give up our rights to privacy and let the government do what they want under the table against their own people…the terrorists win."  

    3.  And not being able arrest or prosecute because it is "unconstitutional" to the American people is pretty much pointless.  They have shown that if they wish to "detain" you, they can.  For as long as they like, skipping due process, and any other rights, until they feel they can release you if at all.  Sadly it's coming to the point they will only follow the rules when the rules follow them…otherwise they just break them "for our safety" (even though they are doing this to their own population.)

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    Scott1701c says:

    I hope the President does not pardon Snowden. Here is why.


    1) The information was classified.

    2) They did stop Terroist attacks that would have kill people.

    3) The best I can tell, the NSA did not violate American law. but I want more closed door congressional investigations too be sure.

    Now I am one who does not trust the Government fully, but at the same time IF the NSA were spying on American's they would not be able to arrest or prosecute because this is unconstitutional to the American people.

    Yes, I think that the government has the right to spy on anyone in the world, except its own people.


    Honestly, I have been flip-floping on this issue. I will NEVER say 'pardon him', but I Might say 'slap on the wrist'

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    jedidethfreak says:

    This is the same administration that said they were not ever actively spying on the American public, so whether it's "guaranteed" or not doesn't mean shit to me.

    Other than that, I agree – if they do respond, it won't be them stating they're going to pardon the man.

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    Hevach says:

    They have the choice to respond or not to any petition (many of their responses have been to petitions with as few as 5000 signatures), but supposedly reaching the 100k threshold (used to be 20 or 25k but a lot of silly things were reaching that) guarantees a response. No matter how silly the subject matter is.

    But of course, like I said, it doesn't guarantee the response people want.

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    soulmotor says:

    Had he worked for any other company he would've been afforded whistle-blower protections.  He didn't sell government secrets, so he really didn't partake in espionage.

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    Hevach says:

    Of course, the response is probably going to be, "No," just like it's been with most of the petitions that reached the threshold. Remember, it's 100,000 signatures to get a response, not to get what you want, and these petitions haven't historically influenced decisions, just gotten the occasional reaffirmation of them.

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