Support Pardon for Edward Snowden

As adopted at LAMA July 2019 Convention:


WHEREAS, the Libertarian Party acknowledges that the defense of the country requires intelligence to detect and deter threats against the country, the Party asserts that the civil liberties of individuals must never be sacrificed in the pursuit of this intelligence, and that government must be transparent, as codified in the Platform of the Libertarian Party, which states “We oppose the government’s use of secret classifications to keep from the public information that it should have, especially that which shows that the government has violated the law”;

WHEREAS, information has been made public which shows that the government has not been transparent nor has respected the civil liberties of its citizens, and has sought to suppress this information by imprisoning those who have exposed these actions;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Libertarian Party of Massachusetts supports the immediate release and pardon of political prisoners Edward Snowden, Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning, and other patriots who have been prosecuted for reporting the illegal activities of the U.S. government.