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In Obama's Final Days in Office, Rights Advocates Push for Last-Minute Pardons


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In Obama's Final Days in Office, Rights Advocates Push for Last-Minute Pardons

Nika Knight, staff writer

President Barack Obama has only days remaining in the White House and he must use that time to pardon whistleblowers and political prisoners, argue human rights advocates and prominent journalists, before the far-right administration of president-elect Donald Trump takes charge.


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"Obama must do the right thing..."

Good luck with that.


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The implication that Trump will do worse is a bit overblown. Obama's prosecuted more people under the Espionage Act than all other presidents combined. He's deported more illegal immigrants than any other president. Chelsea Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison under his watch; she deserves the Medal of Freedom far more than Joe Biden. Snowden has been forced to seek asylum elsewhere under Obama's watch; he too should have been awarded a medal for service to the nation. Millions whose lives have been ruined by the War on Drugs should have been pardoned; marijuana should have been removed from Schedule One.
Etc. Etc. Etc.

Maybe the "liberals" and "progressives" who never spoke up in protest during the Obama years will be motivated to speak up during the Trump administration, but I fear their motivation will be one of partisan politics, not a true love of civil and human rights, else they would have raised hell with Obama. You know, pressuring "one of their own to do the right thing."


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Chelsea Manning just received commutation.
I am very relieved to hear that.