Originally published: November 22, 2011
Last updated: December 21, 2011 - 9:53pm
The White House has boosted its rate of responses to We the People petitions after a slow start, posting nine responses in the past week. Five of the responses are refusals to comment on legal cases, including cases against American Indian activist Leonard Peltier and accused Wikileaks leaker Bradley Manning, or on investigations including one seeking an investigation into the Church of Scientology. Several others, though, give a sense of White House engagement with petitioners if not evidence any of the petitions has led to a genuine policy change or a shift in administration thinking.