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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Jimmy Carter Says He'd Consider a Pardon for Edward Snowden

Posted by on Wed, Mar 26, 2014 at 4:17 PM

According to quite a few books about modern presidents—most notably The Presidents Club—among all the living former presidents, Jimmy Carter is generally considered to be the troublemaker, the loose cannon. If you ask him to perform a peacekeeping or humanitarian mission, Carter might keep his head down and do an excellent job, or he might decide to say something that spins the media into 24 hours of rabid chattering. Sheryl Gay Stolberg at the New York Times reports that off-message Jimmy Carter was making the rounds today:

Former President Jimmy Carter, on a swing through the nation’s capitol to promote a new book, said Wednesday that he would consider a pardon for Edward J. Snowden, the contractor who leaked classified information about the National Security Agency. But Mr. Carter said he was not certain he would grant one.

It's an innocent enough statement on the face of it, but it's sure to inspire Democrats to challenge President Obama to address the issue of Snowden again. And President Obama absolutely should pardon Snowden. As I wrote yesterday, Obama is addressing NSA reform because of Edward Snowden's leaks. If Obama truly believes that the NSA needs to be reformed, shouldn't he be grateful to Snowden for sharing this information with the American public? Wouldn't that make Edward Snowden a national hero?

In more local news, if you'd like to personally ask him about Edward Snowden, Jimmy Carter is signing copies of his new book at Elliott Bay Book Company next Monday at noon. I wonder which Jimmy Carter will show up for this event? I hope it's the rabble-rouser; I like that guy.


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Will in Seattle 1
Yes, but what about a medal?
Posted by Will in Seattle on March 26, 2014 at 4:22 PM · Report this
Even if we have reforms doesn't mean Snowden was right in what he did, national hero my ass. Carter is a loose cannon.
Posted by dkjndmsahksdhksal on March 26, 2014 at 4:23 PM · Report this
I believe a poll on Snowden showed a majority of Americans think he should do jail time, even if the think the NSA is over reaching.
Posted by dkjndmsahksdhksal on March 26, 2014 at 4:24 PM · Report this
dwightmoodyforgetsthings 5
Three posts, three total sentences and one link. You had to click six times. Just try to compose your thoughts a bit before vomiting then onto the internet.

We need loose cannons, the majority of Americans are wrong, and Edward Snowden is a hero.
Posted by dwightmoodyforgetsthings on March 26, 2014 at 4:43 PM · Report this
Snowden's an okay guy, his revelations are important, and he probably should be pardoned. That doesn't make him a hero.

I just wonder who's gonna get the "honors" for delivering the first slobbery blowjob to him when and if he returns, since nothing short of a Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and free blowjobs for the rest of his life will do his unwavering (if seriously contingent) heroism justice in the minds of his most fervent supporters.
Posted by Jizzlobber on March 26, 2014 at 5:09 PM · Report this
fletc3her 8
If the President actually cared about the integrity of our intelligence agencies he would issue a blanket pardon to Snowden immediately so he could testify before a special committee investigating the significant security failures which led to his being able to secure national secrets from his position as a contract employee. That he doesn't do shows that the administration is simply playing politics and trying to save face.

Snowden gave the secrets he was given access to over to journalists. The other contractors who have, presumably ongoing, access to equally sensitive secrets are instead agents of foreign governments or are selling to the highest bidder. They are causing real damage and nobody in the administration wants to admit how badly our intelligence agencies have been got.
Posted by fletc3her on March 26, 2014 at 5:22 PM · Report this
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 9
If Obama pardoned him AND had him killed, he'd be handed a third term.
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn on March 26, 2014 at 5:30 PM · Report this
Snowden posts certainly bring out the authoritarian bootlickers...
Posted by CPN on March 26, 2014 at 5:41 PM · Report this
Sargon Bighorn 11
He's not a hero, he's a patriot. Thinking of the best for America and then doing what he can with what he has.
Posted by Sargon Bighorn on March 26, 2014 at 5:49 PM · Report this
10: Most people who resort to terms like "authoritarian bootlickers" and other pre-packaged ad hominem attacks are dumb demagogues, or just kids who think they're fighting the man when really they're just so angry about stuff while sitting around on the Internet (as opposed to the prison they would be sitting in in an authentically authoritarian regime). It's possible to dislike and protest the NSA as well as the executive branch's excesses without fawning over Snowden. Your post is just as crude and black and white as the shit right-wingers post.
Posted by Jizzlobber on March 26, 2014 at 5:53 PM · Report this
Cato the Younger Younger 14
Carter again proves he's the only of the living President's who deserves to be called Mr. President.
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on March 26, 2014 at 7:50 PM · Report this
Yeah, it's too bad Carter was a shitty president while he was in office, spearheading the privatization project Reagan would complete, escalating secret wars in Central America while claiming to give a shit about human rights, and essentially mismanaging his way through every crisis that confronted the US. I like the guy, but he wasn't that great, not for the left, not for anyone, when he was in office. Everyone will love Obama too when he says all kinds of progressive shit after he leaves office.
Posted by Jizzlobber on March 26, 2014 at 7:58 PM · Report this
sirkowski 16
Giving intel to Russia and China makes it impossible for him to get pardoned. Paultard dun goofed.
Posted by sirkowski on March 26, 2014 at 8:08 PM · Report this
seatackled 18

Weren't you going on about how people need to be punished if they break the law yesterday?
Posted by seatackled on March 26, 2014 at 10:48 PM · Report this
stinky 19
Carter and his big, self-serving mouth are chiefly responsible for billions of dollars of damage to the Canadian softwood lumber industry caused by punitive duties several times ruled unwarranted by third party mediators. Who cares what he says?
Posted by stinky on March 27, 2014 at 12:07 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 20
Yeah, well, nobody's perfect. But he is a tireless humanitarian. And that's better than most ex presidents.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on March 27, 2014 at 7:42 AM · Report this
dwightmoodyforgetsthings 21
@16- He gave the American people information they paid for. The fact that living in an open society means our "enemies" (do you really think China is an enemy?) can easily access our information is just the way it is.

@19- "Who cares what he says?" Everyone outside the whingiest fringe of the Canadian softwood lumber industry, which is about 7 billion people.
Posted by dwightmoodyforgetsthings on March 27, 2014 at 11:22 AM · Report this
venomlash 22
@13, 17: I made a gorillion dollars last month by following this one weird trick. Accountants hate it!
Posted by venomlash on March 27, 2014 at 12:41 PM · Report this
This might be a stupid question, but does Snowden have to be convicted first to be pardoned, or is Carter talking about the Justice Department dropping all charges? If it's the latter, than another President could simply charge him again I would assume.
Posted by hal on March 27, 2014 at 2:12 PM · Report this
seatackled 24

Not a stupid question. Didn't Bush Senior pardon all the Iran Contra guys to shut down Walsh's investigation. I know they sure never went to trial and were never convicted. So based on that, I would guess Carter means pardon now.
Posted by seatackled on March 28, 2014 at 12:13 AM · Report this

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