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292 Days After Citizens Submit Successful Edward Snowden Petition, Barack Obama Still Won’t Respond

On June 22 2013, the the official petition to pardon Edward Snowden surpassed a the threshold of a hundred thousand signatures officially required for a response at the White House’s We The People petition website. The Obama administration pledged that of all petitions receiving a hundred thousand petitions, “White House staff will review it, ensure it’s sent to the appropriate policy experts, and issue an official response.”

292 days later, the official petition to pardon Edward Snowden has received no response from the Obama administration.

No word of response for well over 100,000 Americans.  Why?  Taking Barack Obama’s word was clearly the wrong approach.  They should have followed the example of David Cohen, Executive Vice President of cable industry giant Comcast.  To get an audience with President Obama, Cohen gave the President oodles of campaign money.  If the American people want to be heard, they clearly need to stop dicking around with petitions and bundle large dollar bribes contributions for politicians instead.

4 comments to 292 Days After Citizens Submit Successful Edward Snowden Petition, Barack Obama Still Won’t Respond

  • Bill

    The We the People petition program is, generally speaking, one of the dumber ideas this administration has put forward. It should have been pretty obvious that the program’s existence would encourage lots of trivial abuse, such as the recent petition to allow Russia to annex Alaska. It also should have been obvious that some more serious petitions, such as “Pardon Snowden,” would paint the government into corners it really should try to stay out of. Example: as far as I’m aware, Snowden hasn’t yet been formally charged with a crime(?), much less convicted of one. If that’s the case, then talk of pardon is premature to say the least. And if he’s under criminal investigation, then government talk about pardon (whether pro or con) would be legally irresponsible. Which pretty much leaves the administration with nothing to say officially on this topic…which appears to be where they’re stuck right now.

    My vote would be for shutting down the We the People site. It was a bad idea, and it’s getting worse by the day. But now they can’t even do that without eating some serious crow.

    • Jim Cook

      Bill, meet Gerald.

      Proclamation 4311, pardoning Richard Nixon for possible crimes for which he might possibly be prosecuted:

      “Now, Therefore, I, Gerald R. Ford, President of the United States, pursuant to the pardon power conferred upon me by Article II, Section 2, of the Constitution, have granted and by these presents do grant a full, free, and absolute pardon unto Richard Nixon for all offenses against the United States which he, Richard Nixon, has committed or may have committed or taken part in during the period from January 20, 1969 through August 9, 1974.”

      http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=4696

      • Bill

        I didn’t say it was unprecedented, Jim; I said it was premature…just like Ford’s pardon of Nixon was.

        • Jim Cook

          Plenty of people are pardoned before legal procedings are completed. Another example is Marc Rich by Bill Clinton. You might judge that it is premature; others might not. It would certainly be a legal move, and what is actually done within the law is a matter of politics…

          … which brings us back to the issue of whether a president who invited petitions regarding politics and who promised to answer political petitions meeting a particular threshold actually will do so.

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