President Donald Trump, in one of his last acts of President, took part in the annual turkey pardon before Thanksgiving. But there are many of us that are waiting for real Presidential action, especially as Trump is preparing to depart for good.
It is time to act and sign some real pardons.
Edward Snowden is a 31 year old US citizen, former Intelligence Community officer and whistleblower. The documents he revealed provided a vital public window into the NSA and its international intelligence partners’ secret mass surveillance programs and capabilities. These revelations generated unprecedented attention around the world on privacy intrusions and digital security, leading to a global debate on the issue.
Snowden worked in various roles within the US Intelligence Community, including serving undercover for the CIA overseas. He most recently worked as an infrastructure analyst at the NSA, through a Booz Allen Hamilton contract, when he left his home and family in Hawaii to blow the whistle in May 2013. After travelling to Hong Kong, Snowden revealed documents to the American public on the NSA’s mass surveillance programs, which were shown to be operating without any public oversight and outside the limits of the US Constitution. The US government has charged Snowden with theft of government property, and two further charges under the 1917 Espionage Act. Each charge carries a maximum 10-year prison sentence.
Snowden is a real patriot that has been hunted by the United States Government for showcasing the the gross misconduct of the NSA to spy on its citizens. The breach of privacy by the United States into the lives of its citizens has been the topic of conversation for some time.
Snowden is a true American hero and patriot. Donald Trump has the ability to act in his last weeks by pardoning Snowden and ensuring his return to the United States.
I criticize Trump to the largest degree, but if he were to do this then my admiration for him would more than double. The time is now Mr. President!