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202 Days After Meeting Threshold for a Response, Snowden Petition Still Ignored by Obama

On June 22 2013, the the official petition to pardon Edward Snowden surpassed a hundred thousand signatures in the Obama White House’s We The People petition website. If a petition can gain a hundred thousand signatures, the Obama administration has pledged that “White House staff will review it, ensure it’s sent to the appropriate policy experts, and issue an official response.”

On July 5 2013, I noted that the White House hadn’t sent its response. Bill left a comment to that note sensibly asking, “Does two weeks really seem like an unreasonably long time to deal with this petition?”

It’s been 202 days now, and still the official petition to pardon Edward Snowden has received no response from the Obama administration. Does 202 days seem to you like an unreasonably long time to deal with this petition?

A pledge to respond to petitions is no pledge at all if it is kept only with the petitions Barack Obama and the White House find nice, comfortable, friendly and easy. If Barack Obama and his staff won’t bother to respond to a petition they find pesky and inconvenient, why should anyone bother to petition the White House again?

White House We the People: Answer the Damned Petitions

2 thoughts on “202 Days After Meeting Threshold for a Response, Snowden Petition Still Ignored by Obama”

  1. Nick says:

    We’ll try this again, but here is a petition asking Obama to respond to the unanswered petitions: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/respond-every-petition-reaches-required-number-signatures/tFHJlTq4

    If this crosses the threshold and its ignored, then we will begin making tools to help with mass protest.

    1. Jim Cook says:

      Thanks for the notice, Nick; I was happy to sign. Folks, can you promote this petition through your online and offline social networks?

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