Anti-NSA Ad Mixes Stars And Whistleblowers

    October 23, 2013
    Amanda Crum
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A new ad put together by StopWatching.us mixes celebrities and actual whistleblowers to give us the lowdown on the surveillance tactics of the government, to great effect.

Maggie Gyllenhaal, Oliver Stone, John Cusack, Wil Wheaton, artist Molly Crabapple, and Phil Donahue are among the celebrities who have lent their voices and faces to the ad, which comes just before a rally this Saturday at Union Station in Washington, D.C. According to the website:

“Right now the NSA is spying on everyone’s personal communications, and they’re operating without any meaningful oversight. Since the Snowden leaks started, more than 571,000 people from all walks of life have signed the StopWatching.us petition telling the U.S. Congress that we want them to rein in the NSA.

On October 26th, the 12th anniversary of the signing of the US Patriot Act, we’re taking the next step and holding the largest rally yet against NSA surveillance. We’ll be handing the half-million petitions to Congress to remind them that they work for us — and we won’t tolerate mass surveillance any longer.”

You can sign up to attend the rally and find out more information about the organization here.

Image: StopWatching.us

  • This is Telling

    I honestly don’t think the public understands just how extensive the spying is. They work from the principle of 3 degrees of separation. Do you know the Kevin Bacon Hollywood trick? The one where basically everyone can connect to Kevin Bacon? Well that is essentially how the NSA works and gets around warrants. If they have a “suspect” they can secure all their contacts. Then they can secure all those people’s contacts. Then they can secure the contacts of those people. By the time you do it, if they have 1 suspect they can literally get the records of most anyone remotely connected to that person.

    Here is a video about the NSA’s tactics: http://www.bing.com/videos/watch/video/10-ways-the-nsa-spies-on-you/uf3jokcq

    It is not about terrorism either. It is about us — the American people. Does anyone honestly believe a terrorist is emailing his or her plans via email or phones? Please.