Power of Story Send a Tweet        

Share on Google Plus Share on Twitter 1 Share on Facebook 4 Share on LinkedIn Share on PInterest Share on Fark! Share on Reddit Share on StumbleUpon Tell A Friend (5 Shares)  

Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites (# of views)   3 comments
OpEdNews Op Eds

The ACLU on Edward Snowden

By       Message American Civil LIberties Union-ACLU       (Page 1 of 1 pages)     Permalink

Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; , Add Tags  Add to My Group(s)

Well Said 2   Must Read 1   Touching 1  
View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com

Author 91265
- Advertisement -


Edward Snowden
(Image by Guardian Greenwald Poitras)
  Permission   Details   DMCA


- Advertisement -
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.

And  on Monday , a federal judge vindicated Snowden's actions by declaring unconstitutional the NSA's spying program, labeling it "Orwellian"--adding that James Madison would be "aghast." 

This could be the key tipping point for the American public to fully realize the service Snowden provided to all of us by exposing the NSA's illegal spying program,  if we act now and together.  

Because the truth is, NONE of the progress in this fight--yesterday's court decision, the legislation working through Congress, the presidential review of the NSA--would have happened if Snowden had kept silent about the government's illegal activity. 

That's why today--in the wake of this groundbreaking court decision--we're calling on President Obama to provide full immunity for Snowden, so he can come back home to the country he loves, free from persecution.

Let's stand together and tell President Obama to grant Snowden immunity for his patriotic acts exposing the NSA's illegal activities.  

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 when our years-long 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 its surveillance allies. Just  yesterday , former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton said that Snowden "ought to swing from a tall oak tree" for exposing the NSA's illegal programs. 

Despite all this, in a recent CBS News interview, a top NSA official opened the door to offering Snowden immunity, under certain conditions (though we firmly believe it should be unconditional). 

And this latest court decision gives us the opportunity to fully turn the tide on public opinion and protect Snowden from further threats of persecution. 

If tens of thousands of us stand together and tell President Obama to grant Snowden immunity, we have a real chance of bringing him home.  

Let's make the most of this historic opportunity together. 

Thank you,
Anthony for the ACLU Action team 

P.S. In a statement following the court ruling, Snowden had this to say: "Today, a secret program authorized by a secret court was, when exposed to the light of day, found to violate Americans' rights. It is the first of many." 
Let's make sure that after raising his voice to better our democracy, Snowden can come home.

 

- Advertisement -

Well Said 2   Must Read 1   Touching 1  
View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com

ACLU or the American Civil Liberties Union

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon Share Author on Social Media   Go To Commenting

The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
- Advertisement -

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

New NSA Documents Shine More Light Into Black Box Of Executive Order 12333

The ACLU on Edward Snowden