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Pardon My Father, Christopher Bollyn

February 9, 2013

Update:  The petition has expired - While Catherine's petition received more than 1,285 signers from people all across America and around the world, it failed to get the 25,000 needed to get a White House response.  We would have needed to get about 1,000 signatures per day on average to have reached that number.

Catherine's petition succeeded in increasing public awareness of what happened to our family when a squad of undercover police attacked me at our home. This, and much worse, is what happens to journalists that dare to expose the truth in the United States today. 

Many thanks to the hundreds of Americans who signed the petition and to my supporters from all over the world, especially Norway and France.  

A French website, joined the cause on February 3 and helped spread the word to readers in France:

The French appeal can be read at:

Catherine Bollyn started her petition on January 10 to ask for a presidential pardon for her father.  Her petition needed to have a total of 25,000 signatures, by February 9, in order to get a presidential response.  Shortly after submitting her petition the White House moved the goalposts for new petitions to 100,000! 

We received quite a bit of positive feedback, such as the following note:

Dear Christopher, 
    It is indeed a great pleasure to sign your daughter's petition to the White House to pardon you for being a Great American... Your daughter is indeed a courageous and loving person... I will offer up my prayers for success.
Sincerely and with highest regards,

Note:  We are also contacting the office the Governor of Illinois, Pat Quinn (D), to prepare a formal request for a pardon.  Illinois residents can send messages to the governor at:

AFTER THE POLICE ASSAULT - The Bollyn family at Buckingham Fountain in Chicago on August 21, 2006, while looking for a lawyer.  Catherine is in front of her mother.  We found that it is not easy to find a good lawyer for cases where the police are involved in a criminal conspiracy against a citizen.

The text of Catherine's petition read:

We petition the Obama Administration to:  
Pardon My Father, Christopher Bollyn

I witnessed my father being brutally attacked by undercover police at my home on 8/15/06. He had called 911 to report a suspicious vehicle with three men wearing body armor prowling near our house. These men then showed up and my mother and I faced them on our driveway. My dad ran out asking who they were. The men wore no uniforms and refused to identify themselves. When my dad turned to get my uncle, the men tackled him and pinned him to the ground. One knelt on his head while the other handcuffed and TASERed him. Suddenly many police cars appeared and he was taken away. He was falsely charged with assault and resisting arrest. He pled innocent in court. The police videos were destroyed and he was found guilty. We have now lived 5 years in exile. I want to go home. Please pardon my dad.

Created: Jan 10, 2013

Catherine, age 8, witnessed the entire police assault on her father.

OH, HAPPY DAYS - The Bollyn kids in front of their house before the attack.  The police assault occurred on the lawn in front of the flowers near the front door.  It is important to note that the police invasion and assault in response to the 911 call occurred entirely on the private property of the Bollyn family.

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