Last time I talked about We The People, the White House’s official petition tool, it was about the Legalizing Marijuana petition that had passed the 25,000 general signature response required for the official White House response.
Well, this time, they didn’t even allow a petition to get that far. “Free PFC Bradley Manning, the accused WikiLeaks whistleblower” was curtailed at 6,619 signatures and the White House gave their official response early, saying they can’t comment the issue.
Why We Can’t Comment on Bradley Manning
Thank you for signing the petition “Free PFC Bradley Manning, the accused WikiLeaks whistleblower.” We appreciate your participation in the We the People platform on WhiteHouse.gov.
The We the People Terms of Participation explain that “the White House may decline to address certain procurement, law enforcement, adjudicatory, or similar matters properly within the jurisdiction of federal departments or agencies, federal courts, or state and local government.” The military justice system is charged with enforcing the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Accordingly, the White House declines to comment on the specific case raised in this petition.
Thanks, Obama administration, for giving the people a transparent forum to direct their requests so you can shut them down due to close-door terms of participation.