Solomon: We met Edward Snowden in Moscow: Please defend his right to travel

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(B3 note: Norman Solomon sent out the following message from Roots.org. The message was signed by four Americans who recently  visited Snowden in Moscow: Thomas Drake, Ray McGovern, Jesselyn Raddack, and Coleen Rowley.)

Most Americans probably take the right to travel for granted until this right is lost or curtailed. Passports are, of course, required for most international travel. When our group (Jesselyn Radack, Thomas Drake, Ray McGovern and Coleen Rowley) recently traveled to Moscow to meet with Edward Snowden and present him with the Sam Adams Award for Integrity in Intelligence, we depended upon our fundamental right to travel.

The intelligence whistleblower whose integrity we honored, however, has been deprived of that right. Vindictive U.S. officials revoked the passport of Snowden, whose disclosures have informed and educated the people of the United States and the world about secret surveillance and massive data-gathering that the NSA and other government agencies are engaged in within the U.S. and around the world.

If you’ve already signed the RootsAction petition urging that Snowden’s passport be restored, please forward this email to people you know and urge them to do the same. If you haven’t yet signed the petition, you can add your name by clicking here.

Proposals for serious reforms that will enhance security as well as preserve constitutional rights are now being studied and debated in Congress as a result of the disclosures. Snowden made it clear in our conversation with him that achieving debate and reform of the unethical, illegal and counter-productive massive data collection was his sole motivation and remains his focus. He hopes to play a continuing role in that debate, even if it's at long-distance from Russia where he was granted temporary asylum.

The least we can do in recognition of Snowden's personal sacrifices on behalf of all of our civil liberties and human rights is to sign and share this petition urging Secretary of State John Kerry to restore the NSA whistleblower's passport.

To send an email now to Secretary of State Kerry, click here.

Please forward this link to like-minded friends:
http://SupportEdwardSnowden.org

Thank you!

Best wishes,
Thomas Drake
Ray McGovern
Jesselyn Radack
Coleen Rowley

Background:
Ray McGovern: Snowden Accepts Whistleblower Award

www.RootsAction.org

Comments

If so his passport can be suspended.

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Nov. 12, 2013 @ 5:49 pm

court, then I feel sure that upon the end of his sentence, his travel rights will be restored.

But it is routine tor evoke the passports of US criminals who are on the run overseas, so that itself is not a problem.

Bradley Manning will no doubt get his passport back when released, and so will Snowden. But if Snowden abuses his rights by hiding from justice, then he can hardly complain when some of his rights are taken away.

If Russia wants him that much, they can give him a passport.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 12, 2013 @ 5:54 pm

How odd. The word Obama is completely missing from this article. Why is that? Isn't Obama (a.k.a. Mr Hope and Change We Can Believe In...does anyone still believe that manure?) ultimately responsible for anything happening under his regime?

Instead, the article reads:

"Vindictive U.S. officials revoked the passport of Snowden..."

Who might that be? Why do you have difficulty saying "Vindictive OBAMA?" Versus "vindictive US Officials." Snowden has said "Obama using "citizenship as a weapon"" Of course it's vindictive Obama, as well as childish Obama. The man is an embarrassment, just like the guy (with a R next to his name) before him.

Snowden (not being a partisan Democrat) is not afraid to use the word Obama and makes it quite clear who he's talking about. But as usual, I suspect the reason the author couldn't bring himself to say the word Obama is because he didn't want to appear to be criticizing his useless corporatist party and Mr Hope and Change We Can Believe In. Ugh.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 12, 2013 @ 6:51 pm

Well, I can only hope that I as a private citizen, will be accorded this same treatment when I am indicted by "The Man" for yelling 'Fire' at a crowded rock concert/venue

As well as my right to start incendiaries in a public venue.

1st Amendment rights as my due as a citizen of this seemingly undemocratic Republic

Posted by Guest on Nov. 12, 2013 @ 8:00 pm

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