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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.

3 thoughts on “Presidential Candidate Lincoln Chafee Calls For Amnesty for Edward Snowden”

  1. frank says:

    Agreed. But a Democrat talking about Bill of Rights and Constitution, after they have helped butchering it for the past 6 yrs….

    1. J Clifford says:

      … after the Republicans butchered it for the 8 years before that…

      It’s important to look at details, Frank. Lincoln Chafee stood up to members of the Bush Administration when these policies were in place, and he stood everything to lose by doing so, because he was a Republican at the time.

      If I were a Democrat, I don’t think Lincoln Chafee would be my top choice, but he deserves respect on this issue, I think.

      1. ella says:

        I agree. I took some gumption to stand against the establishment, when in his position, asking for the amnesty of a national whistle blower. He was not aiding and abetting an enemy, or providing arms to the enemy of the United States, so he was not a traitor. That he took classified information concerning the entire population, and exposed secretive snooping, is an embarrassment to the government. What good it did is another question. But it will take time for that tweak to the collective nose a while to heal, even though they are laughing now that they still have their powers, in fact are now paying a corporation to aid and abet the government in doing so. Having the corporate structure owning them has its’ advantages it appears.

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