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On Huge Petition to Pardon Edward Snowden, Barack Obama goes Silent

On June 22, the petition to pardon Edward Snowden surpassed a hundred thousand signatures, and has continued to gather signatures ever since, reaching 127,000 signatures this morning.

Once a petition surpasses 100,000 signatures, the Obama administration has committed to responding to it. But two weeks later, there’s no response. Keep watching that space, but don’t [...]

Petition to Pardon Edward Snowden reaches 100,000 Threshold, Triggering a Required White House Response

Two weeks ago, J. Clifford noted the existence of a new petition declaring the surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden to be a hero and calling for his pardon. This petition is not your usual slacktivist information-gathering scam; the administration of President Barack Obama has committed to reviewing and responding to each petition posted on the whitehouse.gov [...]

Alan Grayson Uses Cover of "Mind Your Own Business Act" … to Collect Your Personal Information

At Democratic Underground, Daily Kos, Firedoglake and other large liberal multiuser blogs, Representative Alan Grayson issued a fiery call this week condemning the warrantless surveillance of all American phone calls and grand-scale data sweeps of most big-site internet traffic, all undermining your privacy:

Microsoft, Google, Apple – they’re all in on it. Former NSA official [...]

Thousands Join Protest Demanding Barack Obama Resign

If just 83,000 or so Americans will sign this petition demanding that Barack Obama resigns, Obama will have to release an official response to the idea. Wouldn’t that be interesting? [...]

AE Transparency Starts Petition to Reform Americans Elect’s Anti-Democratic Process

There are approximately 276 ways in which Americans Elect has degraded the standard for transparency, accuracy and democracy in presidential politics, from suppressing votes to less-than-factual representations to the media and on and on, Americans Elect is playing a lords’ game with the vote.

That’s why AE Transparency has created a petition to “Make Americans [...]

Formal Petition for Reversal of Americans Elect Bylaw 5.6

The full text of a petition to reverse Americans Elect Bylaw 5.6, which directly disenfranchises Americans Elect delegates and places ballot access control firmly in the hands of a unanimous corporate-appointed board. [...]

Formal Call for Reversal of Americans Elect Board Of Directors Decision #1, a Violation of Rules and Bylaws

A formal request per Americans Elect Rule 12.2 for Americans Elect to reverse its decision to forbid delegate rule challenges of unanimous Board of Directors decisions. Will Americans Elect respond according to its own rules? Watch and see. [...]

Occupy Movement Produces Petition for Waiver of Constitutional Rights… For the GOV’T to Turn In

Among the Facebook accounts associated with the Occupy Ithaca movement, someone’s had it with the tactics of the government officials of Ithaca, New York. When the occupation of Ithaca began, city representatives persistently asked Occupy Ithaca to file for a permit in order to be able to stay in Dewitt Park. Just file the paperwork, [...]

Finally, the White House Features Comment on Pepper Spray attacks against Protesters

Today, the White House has broken its silence regarding pepper spray attacks against peaceful protesters — but it isn’t what you might think. No, your President Barack Obama still has not uttered a word in response to the widespread and unprovoked use of pepperspray as an instrument of pain and torment to force Americans to [...]

How to use the Americans Elect Rules to Eject the Americans Elect Corporate Board (?)

Americans Elect wants to be the first corporation to run its own candidate for President of the United States without disclosing its funding sources. Strangely enough, that makes some people suspicious. But today I’ve found a feature of Americans Elect’s new draft rules that should allay those suspicions — so long as AE actually follows [...]

NYC Free Speech? NYPD demand all protest signs be taken down in 15 minutes

At 9:15 pm, the NYPD demanded that Occupy Wall Street take down all its signs within 15 minutes, or the police themselves would take the signs away.

What happened to the constitutional First Amendment right to peaceably assemble, petition for the redress of grievance, and engage in acts of free speech? What happened to [...]