Snowden's Fate: Social Site Endorsed by Daniel Ellsberg and others Advocates Asylum
Roots Action is an online initiative which states it is dedicated to "galvanizing Americans who are committed to economic fairness, equal rights, civil liberties, environmental protection — and defunding endless wars." Among other admissions it is not supporting the Obama Administration as it "continues many of the same policies that sparked loud protests under the Bush White House." It is an advocacy group moving independently of both party leaderships.
In a release today, the online site stated the following in an action.
NSA whistle blower Snowden in seeking political asylum faces "a real danger the U.S. government will try to grab him under the guise of law enforcement."
In an appeal the website implores Americans to "Tell President Obama Hands Off Edward Snowden." and it produces an online petition for Americans to sign. The site has gone on the record as being endorsed by independent-minded thinkers like Jim Hightower, Barbara Ehrenreich, Cornel West, Daniel Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald, Naomi Klein, Bill Fletcher Jr., Laura Flanders and former U.S. Senator James Abourezk.
Roots Action is just one of a number of online organizations that have come out in support of Edward Snowden's actions exposing the NSA's sweeping surveillance of Americans. Such groups like Access and GAP and individuals like Tim Berneers Lee of Wired and Chinese political activist Ai Weiwei have petitioned congress to take action against the NSA in stopping the blanket surveillance. Thus far, the Stop Watching Us Campaign has gathered over 455,145 signatures. It remains to be seen whether congress is listening or the action swells to critical mass.
In the latest Gallup poll (June 12, 2013) more Americans disapprove of the NSA surveillance (53%) programs than approve (37%). Fox found that 52% approved of the surveillance (June 7, 2013). Obama's approval rating has taken a nosedive since the controversy.