Jill Stein: Pardon Edward Snowden, Now

Jill Stein advocates an immediate presidential pardon of Edward Snowden, American hero.

Pardon Edward Snowden, now

Snowden’s whistleblowing was among the most important in US history. It showed us that the relationship between the people of the United States and the government has gone off track and needs a major course correction.

The fourth amendment of the constitution provides that a court must find probable cause that an individual has committed a crime before issuing a warrant, and forbids systematic spying on the American people. The requirement of individualized suspicion should prohibit this type of dragnet surveillance. Spying on whole populations is not necessary, and is actually counterproductive.

If elected president I will immediately pardon Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning and John Kiriakou for their important work in exposing the massive, systematic violation of our constitutional rights. I would invite them to the White House to publicly acknowledge their heroism, and create a role for them in the Stein-Baraka Green party administration to help us create a modern framework that protects personal privacy while still conducting effective investigations where warranted.

The American people have a right to privacy. My hope is that Obama uses his power to pardon Snowden now. The debate he began must be continued so we find a resolution that protects the freedom of press, association, religion and speech as well as the privacy of people in the United States and around the world.

More info:
The Guardian: Edward Snowden makes ‘moral’ case for presidential pardon
ACLU: PardonSnowden.org

  1. #1 by Larry Bergan on September 13, 2016 - 9:12 pm

    Snowden and Manning did their brave acts because they thought it was the right thing to do. If they had done it for a ton of money, they might have a chance.

    Only half joking.

  2. #2 by Richard Warnick on September 14, 2016 - 7:21 pm

    Bernie Sanders and a long list of prominent people are calling for a pardon or at least clemency for Snowden. He is trying to save democracy because he believes in America.

    • #3 by Larry Bergan on September 14, 2016 - 9:55 pm

      Great article, from a British based publication, of course. I agree with Wilkerson, if Snowden came back here and got pardoned, he would be treated very badly to say the least. He’s simply not in the right class.

      Why does Dick Armitage walk free after revealing Valerie Plame’s identity? Different class of person.

  3. #4 by Richard Warnick on September 15, 2016 - 4:25 pm

  4. #5 by Larry Bergan on September 15, 2016 - 7:06 pm

    Everybody’s in a frenzy finding reasons that Snowden is not a whistle-blower, probably because there are supposed to be laws about that sort of thing.

    House Intel Panel: Edward Snowden ‘Was No Whistleblower’

    This is my favorite reason from the list:

    Two weeks before he began the massive download of 1.5 million documents, Snowden had a “workplace spat” with NSA managers.

    No! Tell me they didn’t pull out the sour grapes argument? They couldn’t.

    Yeah, I’m sure Snowden thought to himself, ‘I am SO MAD at my supervisor, I’m going do put myself in exile just to get back’!

  5. #6 by Richard Warnick on September 19, 2016 - 3:11 pm

    The Intercept: Why Obama Should Pardon All Leakers and Whistleblowers — Not Just Edward Snowden

    [T]he unfortunate truth of our times is that Obama is not going to pardon Snowden and Manning. His administration has invested too much capital in demonizing them to turn back now. However, there are other leakers and whistleblowers for whom the arguments in favor of pardons are not only compelling but politically palatable, too. Their names are Stephen Kim, Jeffrey Sterling, John Kiriakou and Thomas Drake. All of them were government officials who talked with journalists and were charged under the Espionage Act for disclosures of information that were far less consequential than the classified emails that Hillary Clinton stored on her server at home or the top secret war diaries that David Petraeus shared with his biographer and girlfriend. Petraeus, a former general and CIA director, got a fine for his transgressions. Clinton got a presidential nomination.

    …If pardoning Snowden and Manning requires more courage than the president possesses, he can at least show clemency for Kim, Kiriakou, Drake and Sterling, who have suffered catastrophically. Pardons would clear their names and release Sterling from prison (he remains behind bars to this day). The fact that Trump has the instincts of a dictator makes it all the more crucial that Obama not hand him the powers and policies of one.

  6. #7 by Richard Warnick on September 19, 2016 - 3:36 pm

    WashPost Makes History: First Paper to Call for Prosecution of Its Own Source (After Accepting Pulitzer)

    Three of the four media outlets that received and published large numbers of secret NSA documents provided by Edward Snowden — The Guardian, the New York Times, and The Intercept –– have called for the U.S. government to allow the NSA whistleblower to return to the U.S. with no charges. That’s the normal course for a news organization, which owes its sources duties of protection, and which — by virtue of accepting the source’s materials and then publishing them — implicitly declares the source’s information to be in the public interest.

    But not the Washington Post. In the face of a growing ACLU and Amnesty-led campaign to secure a pardon for Snowden, timed to this weekend’s release of the Oliver Stone biopic “Snowden,” the Post editorial page today not only argued in opposition to a pardon, but explicitly demanded that Snowden — the paper’s own source — stand trial on espionage charges or, as a “second-best solution,” accept “a measure of criminal responsibility for his excesses and the U.S. government offers a measure of leniency.”

    In doing so, the Washington Post has achieved an ignominious feat in U.S. media history: the first-ever paper to explicitly editorialize for the criminal prosecution of its own source — one on whose back the paper won and eagerly accepted a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. …

  7. #8 by Mostly farce on September 19, 2016 - 5:56 pm

    Might as well post WAPO commits suicide…the inevitable Trump victory is revealing some seriously scummy Democrat underbelly…so fitting considering the filthy path of their current candidate..the whole of “moral progressivism” so justly in the crapper at the moment..

    Been fun watching it happen.

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