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Pardon Edward Snowden

by Stephen Johnson category: Cause

“Edward Snowden is a patriot, not a criminal, and deserves a full and immediate pardon for his actions. #snowden http://thndr.it/14TBHmL

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Endet Jul 09, 12:00 NACHMITTAGS EDT

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Pardon Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden sacrificed his career, home, and personal security in order to safeguard our privacy and basic freedoms. The 12th article of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states:

  • No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.
The leaks which Snowden has made available to the public reveal direct violations of this right in the NSA's ability to monitor/access our phone calls, internet communications, and virtually any data on our personal lives. None among us are safe from this unmonitored watchdog, as Snowden reveals that he personally had the authority to "wiretap anyone from you or your accountant, to a federal judge, to the President."

The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution reads:
  • The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
When the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, was asked in an open congressional hearing: “Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?” He replied, “No sir … not wittingly.” Clapper undeniably lied to Congress and violated the trust that American citizens have put into our intelligence agencies. This unwarranted surveillance of information (and specifically information that falls within expectation of privacy)  is unconstitutional and anti-Democratic. 

Thomas Paine once said that "it is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government." Snowden has put himself at great risk in order to fight the "structure of oppression" present in our society. Politicians on Capitol Hill call it treason, but we the people should not let Snowden's sacrifice--which was for our good, at the expense of his own-- go to waste. He felt that matters such as these should not be decided in secret and without our consent, but transparently by the people.

Watch Snowden's interview with the Guardian at the link below and sign the petition at Whitehouse.gov to lend your support in pardoning this brave American citizen

And share with any like-minded people you know!

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