President Obama: Grant Edward Snowden Immunity Now
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BREAKING NEWS (3/18): The audience at the annual TED conference in Vancouver was in for a pleasant surprise today, when Edward Snowden appeared onstage for a conversation with TED curator Chris Anderson. The two spoke about the NSA disclosures of the last nine months, the programs they revealed, the dangers of mass surveillance, and more. Snowden’s appearance was enabled by Beam Pro’s mobile telepresence technology. Watch the video of the discussion.
Edward Snowden is a great American who deserves full immunity for his patriotic acts. And we’re proud to serve as his legal advisors.
When Snowden blew the whistle on the NSA, he single-handedly reignited a global debate about government surveillance and our most fundamental rights as individuals.
For more than 12 years, the ACLU has been fighting to end government surveillance that invades the rights and lives of millions of Americans with virtually no oversight. But several years ago, when our case against mass surveillance finally reached the Supreme Court, it was dismissed for lack of evidence of the secret programs. Snowden provided that evidence, at great personal risk.
Right now, Snowden still lives under threat—exiled in Russia far from his home and his family, and the victim of ongoing public attacks by the NSA and their surveillance allies.
Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton went so far as to say that Snowden “ought to swing from a tall oak tree” for exposing the NSA’s illegal programs.
Despite all this, a top NSA official opened the door to offering Snowden immunity, under certain conditions (though we firmly believe it should be unconditional). So far, President Obama hasn't agreed.
Sign the petition now and let President Obama know that the American people stand with Snowden. If tens of thousands of us join together to deliver our message as one, we have a real chance of bringing him home.
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