Presidential Candidate Lincoln Chafee Calls For Amnesty for Edward Snowden
Yesterday, former Senator Lincoln Chafee announced that he is running for the Democratic nomination for President in 2016. During his announcement speech, Chafee made it plain that he intends to push for a return to respect for the Bill of Rights.
Chafee said, “I want America to be a leader and inspiration for civilized behavior in this new century. We will abide by the Geneva Conventions, which means we will not torture prisoners. Our sacred Constitution requires a warrant before unreasonable searches, which includes our phone records. Let’s enforce that and while we’re at it allow Edward Snowden to come home.”
Edward Snowden is the whistleblower who informed the American public that George W. Bush and Barack Obama had been directing an unconstitutional Big Brother spying program that conducted electronic surveillance of practically every form of communication invented since 1900. Snowden has been forced to live in exile by Barack Obama’s threat of aggressive prosecution upon his return.
Barack Obama has broken his promise to review strong petitions on the White House web site, like the one demanding a pardon for Edward Snowden, for over 700 days. It’s nice to see a presidential candidate who understands that Snowden is a hero, not a criminal. Thanks for joining the race in this manner, Mr. Chafee.