Yesterday, I wrote of a petition in the official White House system that demands the resignation of Barack Obama over his continuation and expansion of a massive military electronic surveillance dragnet that is targeted against the American people. There are now over 20,000 signatures on that petition. When the number of signatures reaches 100,000, Barack Obama will be forced to officially respond to the demand for his resignation from office.
An even more delicious petition in the White House system has come to my attention in the meantime. This petition demands that Barack Obama engage in a public, one-hour debate with Edward Snowden, the man who heroically exposed the unconstitutional Big Brother spying program, and who is now on the run from the feds.
The petition reads, “President Obama, you have said that the NSA’s blanket tracking of Americans’ phone calls and collaboration with tech giants “struck the right balance” and that you “welcome this debate”. You must agree that this issue is worthy of your time, and as our president you are the best qualified person to make the case in favor of broad surveillance. To make the opposing case, we can think of no one better than whistleblower Edward Snowden. Like you, he has access to the data showing the tradeoff between securing America and damaging democracy (which at this point the public does not). He speaks with breathtaking clarity, and has left behind a comfortable life, facing death for the strength of his convictions. If you are as strong in yours, you owe him (and us) 1 hour of your time for this.”
Until Barack Obama can summon the courage to face Edward Snowden, here’s another debate: This one is the debate over extreme government surveillance programs between Barack Obama the presidential candidate and Barack Obama the President.
(Warning: If your stomach is sensitive to extreme hypocrisy in the morning, you might not want to play this video)