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Edward Snowden: the whistleblower behind revelations of NSA surveillance

The 29-year-old source behind the biggest intelligence leak in the NSA's history explains his motives, his uncertain future and why he never intended on hiding in the shadows

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/09/edward-snowden-nsa-whistleblower-surveillance

US citizens - petition Obama for Edward Snowden's pardon

Of course, he hasn't yet been formally charged, but there's no need to wait for that to happen before taking action.

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/pardon-edward-snowden/Dp03vGYD

Misguided

It is the Executive branch that is outside the Constitution and the law, not Edward Snowden.

The Administration are the ones who should seek a pardon. Ed owes no apologies.

Use all available communication channels

Last time I checked, the state appeared better equipped and more likely to be planning something nasty for him, than vice versa. The more high profile channels that are used to express popular support for his actions, the better.

I know this sounds like hyperbole, but I think this event provides an unexpected and remarkable opportunity for citizens from all countries to help slow down the systematic removal of civil liberties.

Though PNAC anticipated "a catastrophic and catalysing event" which would allow them to sell a wartime paradigm, on rare occasions, shocking and catalysing events occur to unite and embolden people to make a stand against authoritarianism. This seems to be one such case. Even much of the world's mainstream media seems to be enraged.... I'm a little surprised there isn't more discussion about the topic on this site.

Appreciate

I appreciate the sentiment and largely agree, but we don't start the fight with surrender and a mercy plea.

The point of petitioning

Petitioning for a presidential pardon in relation to charges that haven’t even been announced, is a means of trying to influence the government’s behaviour before they publicly announce what action they will take. They will probably seek extradition anyway, the narrative reported by the media will not be the same. We should try to make clear from the outset that they face popular resistance on a wide scale.

I don’t think that combative metaphors are helpful, especially when dealing with a security-led state.

100k signature threshold has been exceeded

Good to see.

Sales of '1984' on the rise

Concerning the possible effect of these revelations, I just saw this:

http://gma.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/sales-orwells-1984-increase-details-nsa-scandal-emerge-170154278.html

I'm hoping new readers don't miss this passage, about an exchange between Winston and Julia:

"Once when he happened in some connexion to mention the war against Eurasia, she startled him by saying casually that in her opinion the war was not happening. The rocket bombs which fell daily on London were probably fired by the Government of Oceania itself, 'just to keep people frightened'. This was an idea that had literally never occurred to him."

Latest from Corbett

The Post-911 World

Those skilled in the art.

NSA Deception Operation? Questions Surround Leaked PRISM Document’s Authenticity

http://www.globalresearch.ca/nsa-deception-operation-questions-surround-leaked-prism-documents-authenticity/5338673

They have to justify their existance.

Ellsberg and ACLU

Daniel Ellsberg has partnered with the ACLU on their petition campaign. I just signed.
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Daniel Ellsberg, the well-known whistleblower and lifelong advocate for freedom who leaked the “Pentagon Papers” 40 years ago, said, “there has not been in American history a more important leak than Edward Snowden's release of NSA material.”

Snowden’s disclosure publicly revealed that, under provisions of the Patriot Act and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), the National Security Agency (NSA) has direct access to the systems of Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Apple and other major U.S. internet companies, and the phone calls of nearly every American.

In an email this week to ACLU supporters, Ellsberg noted:

I’ve seen firsthand how the consequences of [this] kind of government abuse threaten our most fundamental liberties…we may find ourselves in a dangerous situation in which average citizens, along with Congresspersons, journalists and their sources, even judges, are watched around the clock and afraid to dissent. The core fixtures of our democracy—the right to protest, the right to live freely in the pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness without government intrusion—could be weakened beyond repair.

We simply can’t afford to do nothing. We have no choice but to act now. It's time that we put an end to the government's secret surveillance state by asking the president to call for the repeal of section 215 of the Patriot Act and section 702 of FISA. Join the strong public outcry against this program by joining me in signing this petition today:
https://www.aclu.org/secure/stop-spying?Ms=autofire_acluaction_ellsbergspying_130619

As usual... it's much worse.

NSA Whistleblower: NSA Spying On – and Blackmailing – Top Government Officials and Military Officers

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/06/nsa-whistleblower-nsa-spying-on-and-blackmailing-high-level-government-officials-an...

Rap News 19: Whistleblower

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Amnesty International statement

http://www.amnesty.org/en/news/usa-must-not-hunt-down-whistleblower-edward-snowden-2013-06-24

Widney Brown, Senior Director of International Law and Policy at Amnesty International:

"No one should be charged under any law for disclosing information of human rights violations by the US government. Such disclosures are protected under the rights to information and freedom of expression,"

"It appears he is being charged by the US government primarily for revealing its and other governments’ unlawful actions that violate human rights.”

Integrity

Naomi Wolf on change.

Edward Snowden (in Avatar) @ Ted Conf

Russell Tice

Luke Rudkowski interviews Russ Tice