EPIC reports that the White House suddenly cut off the time period allotted for signatures to an anti-TSA petition that has been gaining steam and pulled the petition off its website.
About 22,500 of the 25,000 signatures necessary for a response from the Administration were obtained when the White House unexpectedly cut short the time period for the petition. The site also went down for “maintenance” following an article in Wired that sought support for the campaign.
How’s that hope and change working out for you?
And please don’t turn this into a left/right slugfest. I voted for Obama in 2008. I was still stuck in the false dichotomy of what passes for politics in this country. Obama has turned out to be just as much of a disaster as Bush was, as McCain would’ve been, and as anyone else from either of the two major parties will be. Neither the Democratic Party nor the Republican Party, with rare exceptions, gives a toss about civil liberties. They care only about staying in power. The sooner people realize this, the sooner we can start to change things in this country, including the abuses of the TSA.
UPDATE Monday, August 13, 2012: According to the Twitter feed of Jim Harper of the Cato Institute, the petition technically ended on time. However, the petition website was down for a while “for maintenance”; therefore, to be fair, that time should’ve been made up, because people obviously couldn’t sign the TSA — or any other — petition while the site was down. In other words, if the site was down for one hour, the petition should’ve been allowed to stay up for an extra hour, if two hours, two, etc.