Andre believes that the raised threshold only applies to petitions created after Oct. 3. I quote him:
“I think you made a mistake about posting the update about the signature threshold for the White House petition.
“I don’t think changes in the threshold apply to petitions that are already active. I read that in the beginning on the site. It has since been changed, but it can still be found in the terms section:
”’The White House reserves the right to change the time limits and signature thresholds and apply them to petitions created after the change has been published to this “Current thresholds” section'”
“Bottom of page: https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions#!/how-why/terms-participation
“If you view the petition for Disclosure you can see it still has the threshold 5,000 listed.”
It’s quite possible that Andre is right. I’m away for the weekend and not in a position to research the matter further. Please be advised. But also: please still sign the petition. Higher numbers cannot hurt. Thank you, Andre.
The ET/UFO Disclosure petition quickly reached 5,000 signatures, the number needed to receive a response from President Obama, and now stands at 7,500.
But then the White House upped the ante to 25,000.
So now we need to get an additional 17,500 signatures. So please join us at http://wh.gov/gKC and add yours. Thanks to Roth.
Sign up for intelligent life: Thousands petition Obama to reveal ‘government secrets’ about UFOs and extraterrestrials
Daily Mail, 6th October 2011
The search for intelligent life beyond the stars has landed on President Obama’s desk.
More than 7,500 people have signed a petition asking the White House to ‘formally acknowledge an extraterrestrial presence engaging the human race and immediately release into the public domain all files from all agencies and military services relevant to this phenomenon.’
It’s a move that UFO conspiracy theorists and true believers hope will lend some legitimacy to their cause.
If the petition gets 17,000 more signatures by Oct. 22, the White House has promised to respond.
An Obama Administration initiative called ‘We the People’ will enlist White House staffers to research and consider taking action on any issue that receives at least 25,000 online signatures.
The threshold was originally just 5,000 signatures, a number that the UFO petition reached in four days, but the White House increased that number Monday.
The petition was created by Stephen Bassett, who has been lobbying Washington on the UFO issue for 15 years.
He said the few thousand signatures he has collected so far will mean relatively little.
‘I knew we’d get at least 5,000. That’s easy. The question now is, can it go viral? If it goes viral and we start rolling in some really big numbers, who knows what’ll happen,’ he told the Herald-Tribune in Sarasota, Fla.
On his website, Bassett urges web masters and social media users to post links to the petition that say, ‘Make it go mega-viral.’
The petition says hundreds of officials have publicly confirmed human contact with alien life. It also claims half of Americans believe in UFOs and extraterrestrials.
‘The people have a right to know. The people can handle the truth,’ the petition says.
The We the People project has dozens of active petition. The one with the most signatures, 51,000, asks to legalise marijuana and regulate it like alcohol. Other popular petitions include requests to abolish the Transportation Security Administration and investigate the federal prosecution of the former CEO of the country’s largest Kosher meat processing facility.