The Amicus brief
Who is Ed Snowden? A traitor says the NSA, he has been called a leakier of classified information, and the media says he has committed treason. He has been ridiculed because he didn’t finish high school. He has been called everything except what he is…a whistle blower, a pragmatist maybe who sees things the way they really are’ instead of the way he may have been indoctrinated. He might just be’ a great American hero.
By de Andréa
June 15, 2013
Just how damaging is the information Snowden released?
“I don’t think it is damaging at all,” said Jesselyn Radack, national security and human rights director for Government Accountability Project (GAP). “Terrorists already know they are surveilled eight ways to Sunday. It’s only damaging to the Obama administration, the NSA wants to collect data on all’
persons.” That’s illegal! U.S.
U.S. government has been collecting
personal data for years to use as a “currency of power” and the recent whistle
blown by Edward Snowden about the National Security Agency is just the tip of
the iceberg, according to a leading government accountability activist.
It's appalling to hear the
and their media allies trash Edward Snowden as a traitor, when it's our leaders
and the NSA who have betrayed us, writes
Information is the currency of power.
“They are acting as a totalitarian state,” continued Radick. “This is totally unacceptable.” According to its website, GAP’s mission is to promote corporate and government accountability by protecting whistleblowers, advancing occupational free speech, and empowering citizen activists. It is a non-profit, nonpartisan public interest group. Radack, who is an attorney representing whistleblowers, added, “My four NSA clients have been warning about this for three years and no one paid attention. There are other programs besides PRISM. There is much more to come.”
“People need to think about what the government might have on them, and think hard about whether that is right”, said Radack.
The NSA surveillance issue is one of the few out there where conservatives, liberals, progressives, and libertarians might be able to find common ground. All’ except the criminal in the Big White House that is, and the rest of his despotic bunch.
“We're strange bedfellows, but that is one of the advantages of it,” Radack said.
On the Hill, some Republicans and Democrats are working together to protect citizens from the surveillance of the Obama regime.
“We’re very active on this issue,” said Will Adams, deputy chief of staff for Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich. Amash is among the congressmen working with Democratic Rep. John Conyers to write a broad bill that will limit the NSA’s ability to spy on Americans, according to
Adams said they are involved in litigation against the
government, including an amicus
brief with the ACLU, and are considering
joining other congressmen, who are Verizon customers, in suing the government
One of the big challenges, according to
Adams, is that
members of Congress have a tough time debating the issue when they have not been
made privy to the administration and FISA court’s spinning of the law. Only members of the House and Senate
Intelligence Committees have access to the FISA court’s decisions. Adams said
this type of information should be opened up to everyone in Congress. On Tuesday, a bipartisan group of senators,
including Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore.; Mike Lee, R-Utah; Dean Heller, R-Nev.; and
Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., introduced a bill that would declassify FISA court
PRISM was described in an article in The Guardian as a program “which allows officials to collect material including search history, the content of emails” and more through “direct access to the systems of Google, Facebook, Apple and other U.S. Internet giants,” according to top secret documents obtained by the publication.
Larry Page, co-founder of Google, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg both denied knowledge of PRISM. However there seems to be no expression of surprise or indignation from these companies.
“It seems impossible for them not to know,” said Radack. “Google did make a Freedom of Information Act request, which would imply they didn’t know, which would make this even creepier.”
Dave Maas, public relations coordinator for The Electronic Frontier Foundation, agreed that there is reason to believe the CEOs.
“[I]n many if not most cases, they’re simply forbidden by law to talk about national security requests,” he said. “It’s possible, for example, that only certain individuals within a company are authorized to know about a spying program, keeping the rest in the dark. We have, however, noted the careful language some of the companies are using that could leave wiggle room.”
The situation is serious, but not hopeless, according to Radick: “Call members of Congress and tell them, ‘I don’t want my personal data to be surveilled by my country.
Public opinion matters to public officials,” added
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