President Obama, The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Dear President Obama,
I am writing to express my concerns about how you are handling the case of Edward Snowden and how you are violating his human rights (and others by mass surveillance).
I and all of us who believe in the human rights asks you to use your presidential authority to pardon Edward Snowden, an American whistleblower who acted on the conviction that the public had a right and need to know about a global mass surveillance system that exceeded the limits of the Constitution even if you are saying that it is “just collecting metadata and just the numbers involved in the call and the duration and that you only will listen to the call if you are suspecting terrorism, the NSA was not just used for tracking down terrorist but also to track your own citizen and that is violating the human rights. Snowden’s actions, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting that followed, set in motion the most important debate about government surveillance in decades if not centuries (the only exception is when Adolf Hitler used to track the honorable Jews in Germany), and brought about reforms that continue to benefit our security and democracy. Last year, Congress reined in the government’s surveillance authority for the first time in nearly four decades, after a federal appeals court struck down as illegal the NSA’s mass call-tracking program. A blue-ribbon commission you convened recommended 46 sweeping changes to our surveillance and security practices. And technology companies around the world have been newly invigorated to protect their customers and strengthen our communications infrastructure. None of these reforms would have occurred without Snowden’s actions. Former Attorney General Eric Holder believes that Snowden “performed a public service by raising the debate that we engaged in and by the changes that we made.”
You have also expressed confidence that the debate about surveillance and democracy he helped launch “will make us stronger.” Snowden should not be threatened with serious felony convictions and prolonged confinement under World War One-era laws that treat him like a spy who sold secrets for profit. Winston Churchill once wrote, “Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.” It is clear that America’s democracy has benefited from Snowden’s actions, and I am confident he will be remembered as a whistleblower and patriot. I and my fellow believers in the human rights urge you to use the powers granted to you under Article II, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution to pardon Edward Snowden, the Presidential pardon was created just because of like case of your national hero Edward Snowden!
In view of the issues above the only right thing to do is to give Edward Snowden a Presidential Pardon.
Thank you very mu...
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