The White House petition calling for President Obama to immediately and unconditionally pardon Edward Snowden for informing the American public about the NSA’s surveillance schemes has reached its goal of 100,000 signatures today, and in less than two weeks.
The petition system normally gives you a whole month to get the signatures you need, and will oblige President Obama to at least make his position on Snowden’s prosecution public.
In the past President Obama has said we “welcomes” the public discussion on the abusive surveillance of everyday Americans, and such a discussion would’ve been impossible if Snowden hadn’t informed us about what the NSA was doing. A pardon seems like the least he could do.
Now just because the petition has reached its goal doesn’t mean more signatures aren’t welcome. More signatures means a higher profile for this issue, and that’s always a good thing.