592 days ago, on June 22 2013, just 13 days after it was created, the petition to pardon civil liberties whistleblower Edward Snowden surpassed a hundred thousand signatures. That 100,000 mark is crucial, because as an official petition on the official “We The People” petition website set up by the White House, it is guaranteed an answer by the Obama administration if it surpasses 100,000 signatures within 30 days. The people speak, the President responds. That’s how democracy is supposed to work, and those are the terms to which President Barack Obama and his administration agreed.
Just a month after a petition to light the White House purple reached its necessary threshold, the White House responded to that petition. In one week and one day, it will have been 600 days since the petition to pardon Edward Snowden passed the threshold for a response — and still no response has been provided by the Obama administration. Warrantless surveillance matters. How we treat whistleblowers matters. Democracy matters… but apparently not to the presidential administration of Barack Obama.