ON October 14, 2013, Leftist "Democracy Now" gave a segment in which Ed Snowden was given a moral support award, and spoke out on camera to a group that went to Russia and gave a dinner honoring him.
EDWARD SNOWDEN: These [National Security Agency ultra-data information capture] programs don’t make us more safe. They hurt our economy. They hurt our country. They limit our ability to speak and think and to live and be creative, to have relationships, to associate freely. And they’re going—this doesn’t make us more safe; it makes us less safe, puts us at risk of coming into conflict with our own government. And there’s a far cry between legal programs, legitimate spying, legitimate law enforcement, where it’s targeted, it’s based on reasonable suspicion and individualized suspicion and warranted action, and sort of dragnet mass surveillance that puts entire populations under sort of an eye that sees everything, even when it’s not needed.
This is about a trend in the relationship between the governing and the governed in America that is coming increasingly into conflict with what we expect as a free and democratic people. If we can’t understand the policies and programs of our government, we cannot grant our consent in regulating them. As someone very clever said recently, we don’t have an oversight problem, we have an undersight problem. And it’s led us to a point in our relationship with the government where we have an executive, a Department of Justice, that’s unwilling to prosecute high officials who lied to Congress and the country on camera, but they’ll stop at nothing to persecute someone who told them the truth.
For those who need a reminder of what Ed Snowden said when he made his blockbuster Whistle-blower exposure of the U.S. data mining equaling and perhaps surpassing that of the European Union’s own spyware set-ups in Belgium and the separate entities around England (the English sites acknowledged in the article http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2013/jun/21/gchq-cables-secret-world-communications-nsa ) while leaving out Scotland's major telecommunications eavesdropping base that monitors all satellite communications. The June 2013 original Ed Snowden interview video is below:
And for those interested, I also recommend the ff. post with relevant links and videos
The Liberals of America are only beginning to realize that it is under Obama that the United States is truly becoming a nightmare surveillance State in which the fundamental change is that they no longer have the right to privacy, not in their information, nor as the Constitution's Fourth Amendment states, that they are "to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated" has simply been dismissed as irrelevant by Obama. The very wording of the 4th Amendment IMPLIES by its very language the intent (McCulloch v. Maryland, 17 US 316 (1819) implied Constitutional language or intent is justifiable interpretation) of protecting the U.S. Citizen from seizures of information of its citizenry that is not voluntarily given up or otherwise obtained with a Court specified warrant on a particular person of interest.
Of interest is the well produced and edited 3 minute 26 second commercial that has been put together this month titled "Stop Watching Us".
Their political Action Rally is set for October 26, 2013.
Their form letter they want people to write to Congress reads to this effect:
Dear Members of Congress,
We write to express our concern about recent reports published in the Guardian and the Washington Post, and acknowledged by the Obama Administration, which reveal secret spying by the National Security Agency (NSA) on phone records and Internet activity of people in the United States.
The Washington Post and the Guardian recently published reports based on information provided by an intelligence contractor showing how the NSA and the FBI are gaining broad access to data collected by nine of the leading U.S. Internet companies and sharing this information with foreign governments. As reported, the U.S. government is extracting audio, video, photographs, e-mails, documents, and connection logs that enable analysts to track a person's movements and contacts over time. As a result, the contents of communications of people both abroad and in the U.S. can be swept in without any suspicion of crime or association with a terrorist organization.
Leaked reports also published by the Guardian and confirmed by the Administration reveal that the NSA is also abusing a controversial section of the PATRIOT Act to collect the call records of millions of Verizon customers. The data collected by the NSA includes every call made, the time of the call, the duration of the call, and other "identifying information" for millions of Verizon customers, including entirely domestic calls, regardless of whether those customers have ever been suspected of a crime. The Wall Street Journal has reported that other major carriers, including AT&T and Sprint, are subject to similar secret orders.
This type of blanket data collection by the government strikes at bedrock American values of freedom and privacy. This dragnet surveillance violates the First and Fourth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution, which protect citizens' right to speak and associate anonymously, guard against unreasonable searches and seizures, and protect their right to privacy.
We are calling on Congress to take immediate action to halt this surveillance and provide a full public accounting of the NSA's and the FBI's data collection programs. We call on Congress to immediately and publicly:
Enact reform this Congress to Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act, the state secrets privilege, and the FISA Amendments Act to make clear that blanket surveillance of the Internet activity and phone records of any person residing in the U.S. is prohibited by law and that violations can be reviewed in adversarial proceedings before a public court;
Create a special committee to investigate, report, and reveal to the public the extent of this domestic spying. This committee should create specific recommendations for legal and regulatory reform to end unconstitutional surveillance;
Hold accountable those public officials who are found to be responsible for this unconstitutional surveillance.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.
I can only hope that the Liberals in America will realize that the standing up to Obama has never been about race for a great many of us Conservatives, it is about the Constitution, it is about Individual Freedom, and it is about Collective Freedom.
These three things -- the United States Constitution, Individual Freedom, Collective Freedom -- in the United States, ideally know no class or racial or sexual or sexual preference distinctions. I think Conservatives and Liberals can agree if that's how it should be, that can be the Common Ground we can politically strive for.
Obama opposes Constitutional and otherwise Politically Neutral Common Ground between Liberals and Conservatives, and strives for division at all costs. In order to rally his power-base, he must get them into an unthinking emotionalist state of rally raound the leader...don't think, just defend and attack, and go along with whatever the leader says...just don't be rational or the other side wins. Really. That is the strategy Obama has employed now for 6 years. As long as he keeps his power-base irrational, and focused on blaming a common Conservative or Conservative sounding enemy, his poll numbers of approval are high. But when Liberals become rational, regardless of skin color, many bail on Obama and join the T.E.A. Party, blacks / African-Americans included.
It is time that Liberals in America see Obama is the greatest threat to Freedom they have ever had and he and his (illegal) Administration is, without peer, the greatest threat to their individual liberties in their lifetime, and unless they wake up and push back against Obama, the fascist state they railed about living under as an emotional tripping tool for political gain will cease to be fantasy rhetoric, and become a nightmarish reality they aided and willingly brought about because they were sold on a utopian dream by Political Hucksters more nefarious than a used car dealer selling a pre-totaled and re-welded chopped car, pretending and insisting it was a little more than a year old and 14,000 miles new, and selling a vehicle they know will very likely (within days - weeks or at the most, months) take your life and that of your children in your arms as your sign the papers, in total apathy to your or your infant children's safety. Once Liberals make the association with that kind of used car dealer, and realize THAT (at least morally and metaphorically) is who and what Obama is...maybe then, the hypnotic trance will break, and the dream (whatever utopian dream they been sold on about him or in regard to supporting the him) will be seen for the lie it is and was, and then they will demand our support as they rally for action against Obama, (prayerfully, it will be for his impeachment), as they also rally against Obama's demon Washington Insider co-conspirators themselves. But alas, for now, we can only hope. But the "Stop Watching Us" video push-back against the NSA is a good sign of what can be, and it inspires hope of good and purity coming forth as light overcoming darkness, where the best of humanity and our society is not yet extinguished. Hope of the right kind is a good thing, and should be complemented when it appears. It is a rare enough event in and of itself, and we need more good, and more hope of the right kind bringing us together as a common society, rather than the divisions Obama keeps inflicting upon us to wedge us apart.
That's my input. Thanks. -- Brianroy
The Rally on October 26, 2013 has happened. Below are 2 related videos to that event. One by Russia Today, and one apparently by the event organizers themselves.
Many voices across the spectrum had their say at the rally. Please keep that in mind as you watch the Organizers video.
Of a further note, Russia Today also states that Britain will have its own NSA equivalent (GCHQ)
debate in the coming week, and there is hesitation by most British Media over even weighing in, reporting, or sharing the coming debate on GCHQ's data collection.
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