Hundreds Of Thousands Support PRISM Whistleblower
An online petition asking people to sign up to show their support for brave NSA Edward Snowden, has attracted over 200,000 signatures just hours after being set up online.
The petition (at http://bit.ly/1757Ezp ) outlines how the ‘29 year-old analyst just gave up his whole life — his girlfriend, his job, and his home — to blow the whistle on the US government’s shocking PRISM program — which has been reading and recording our emails, Skype messages, Facebook posts and phone calls for years’ going on to note the barbaric treatment meted out to fellow free information advocate Bradley Manning.
“When Bradley Manning passed this kind of data to Wikileaks, the US threw him naked into solitary confinement in conditions that the UN called “cruel, inhumane and degrading“,” it says.
The petition was launched soon after Fox News pundit Ralph Peters called for Snowden to be executed as a traitor.
“We’ve made treason cool. Betraying your country is kind of a fashion statement,” Peters suggested. “He wants to be the national security Kim Kardashian.” (Huffington Post: http://huff.to/1boM6dF )
“The authorities and press are deciding right now how to handle this scandal. If millions of us stand with Edward in the next 48 hours, it will send a powerful statement that he should be treated like the brave whistleblower that he is, and it should be PRISM, and not Edward, that the US cracks down on,” the petition responded, concluding with a direct message to President Barack Obama.
“We call on you to ensure that whistleblower Edward Snowden is treated fairly, humanely and given due process. The PRISM program is one of the greatest violations of privacy ever committed by a government.”
“We demand that you terminate it immediately, and that Edward Snowden be recognized as a whistleblower acting in the public interest — not as a dangerous criminal.”
Another petition set up called ‘Pardon Edward Snowden’ attracted tens of thousands of supporters over several days.
“Edward Snowden is a national hero,” the petition declares, “And should be immediately issued a full, free, and absolute pardon for any crimes he has committed or may have committed related to blowing the whistle on secret NSA surveillance programs.” (WhiteHouse; http://1.usa.gov/19dVLah )
http://bit.ly/1757Ezp (Stand with Bowden; click here)
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