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173 Broken Promises: Barack Obama Still Refuses to Respond to Huge Petition to Pardon Edward Snowden

On June 22 2013, the petition to pardon Edward Snowden surpassed a hundred thousand signatures, and has continued to gather signatures ever since.

That hundred-thousand mark is significant. It represents a promise to the American people.

“If a petition gathers enough online signatures, it will be reviewed by policy experts and you’ll receive an official response.”  So promised Katelyn Sabochik, Deputy Director of the White House Office of Digital Strategy, when she set up the website called “We the People,” the official online petition website of the Obama administration. “We The People” still makes this promise.

Its a startling promise, a heartening one. After all, this is the age in which government agents are listening in on our conversations, tracking our whereabouts and even spying on us as we play video games. In the age of American dissidents being shoved into fenced-in “free speech zones” miles away from our leaders, the potential for the Obama administration to read and respond to the words of us little people is charming, inspiring even. It suggests the promise of an inclusive political future.

173 days ago the petition to pardon Edward Snowden surpassed the hundred thousand signatures required to obtain a response by the Obama administration.

The Obama administration has responded with 173 days of silence. Consider them 173 broken promises. Tomorrow will bring another broken promise. A continuing line of broken promises stretches before us.

Is this what you imagined on January 20, 2009?

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