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NSA Washington March Calls for Reducing Spying

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Reuters and CNN reported today on an anti-NSA march that took place in front of the Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Hundreds of protesters turned out for the march, many carrying signs that bore slogans like “Thank You, Edward Snowden,” “Stop Mass Spying” and “Unplug Big Brother.” Although the Capitol Police were asked, they declined to give an estimate on attendance; the protest organizers said over 2000 protesters were there.

A statement from Snowden, which was provided to American Civil Liberties Union, was read: “We’ve learned that the U.S. intelligence community secretly built a system of pervasive surveillance. Today, no telephone in America makes a call without leaving a record with the NSA. Today, no internet transaction enters or leaves America without passing through the NSA’s hands. Our representatives in Congress tell us this is not surveillance. They’re wrong.”

The protest was a bipartisan effort, of sorts: Tea Party members showed up alongside left-wing privacy advocates, with everyone in agreement that the government is unlawfully spying on both American citizens and the rest of the world.

Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) had introduced a bill of his own attempting to limit the NSA’s info-grabbing programs, but his effort was defeated by a seven-vote margin. “We’re going to keep fighting and we’re going to pass something to rein in the NSA,” he said of the defeat.

The rally was scheduled to happen on the 12th anniversary of the PATRIOT Act, which expanded the United States’ capacity to wage a war on terrorism. Additionally, the recent Snowden leak involving German Chancellor Angela Merkel seems to be adding to the growing wildfire.

“This isn’t a partisan issue. This is for Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, conservatives and liberals, everyone in between,” Amash added. A new bill, the U.S.A. Freedom Act authored by Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and supported by Amash, may stand a better chance on the floor.

[Image via ThankYouSnowden.org]

NSA Washington March Calls for Reducing Spying
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  • Everybody Knows

    Everybody knows there is something wrong in America today. Snowden knows it is going to get much worse. Why else would he give up his life? Believe me, this will not end well for him and it most certainly won’t result in fame and fortune. He will be running for his entire life.

    NSA spy programs, RFID chips, cameras on every street corner, facial recognition software running on every street corner in America, Patriot Acts, militarization of the police, closing the borders, drones flying over American cities, government going after our guns, TSA oversight, Homeland security expansion, DNA screening, in a country that already incarcerates more people than any other country in the history of mankind — well this does not lead to a good future. All of these things will converge at one point in time.

    We have met the enemy and he is us. The rest of the world knows it too. Pray America. That is your only hope.

  • EM

    Germany get a Grip! Seriously, you Invaded Poland just for looking at you funny & lets not even talk about the Liberation of Europe.
    Pakistan ! We will send drone strikes whenever & wherever we want, some of the strikes were at your request & when were you going to tell us Bin Laden was crashing on your couch.?
    France! Remind us again, Who Liberated Paris? You don’t like our Hubris now, you sure liked it when you were handing off your war in Vietnam to us. “Hey can you hold this war for just a little bit, we just gotta to do something in Algeria.”
    So World get over it, turn that frown upside down, do not think of us as an overly aggressive Super Power, think of as what anyone is looking of in a Partner, …. a GOOD Listener!

    • Wow! Really?

      Wow… really? Really?

      Some of the things you talked about were 70 years ago. That is a long long long time ago. WWII was a long time ago. The America that fought in that war does not exist today. Heck, we also transferred most of the Nazi money to the United States for many Nazi survivors (look in to the Bush family and their dealings with the Harriman law firm). Then we took the best of the Nazi party and put them into power positions over here (look into the history of NASA and basically our whole biological warfare division and many corporations in America).

      Vietnam was over 40 years ago. That America doesn’t exist today either. We also profited off that war. We also knew communism was falling apart in that entire region, but still fought the war. It was nothing but a war for profit. No one handed the war off to us. We fought it for profit. That is all.

      Pakistan hiding Bin Laden? Hmm… show me the body. By the way, we created Al Qaeda in 1979 and funded them with 3.5 billion dollars. We also treated Bin Laden for advanced Kidney disease in an American military hospital a couple of months before 9/11. Oh yeah, the Bush family and the Bin Laden family are both in the Carlisle group. (Amazing how the Bush family keeps showing up throughout our sordid history.) Then the world caught us giving out fake Bin Laden photos. Show me the body and I will believe that whoever we killed in Pakistan was Bin Laden. You can believe that nonsense if you want to. But me, I want to see the body. That is not too much to ask. Heck, we even did that with Sadam. We didn’t even hunt him for 12 years and still got to see the body. Show me the body. Show the world the body.

      Looks like you drank the kool-aid. Blind patriotism isn’t an enviable thing. It is just stupidity. It is so stupid that you can’t see what they are doing to you now.

    • Wow! Really?

      Wow… really? Really?

      Some of the things you talked about were 70 years ago. That is a long long long time ago. WWII was a long time ago. The America that fought in that war does not exist today. Heck, we also transferred most of the Nazi money to the United States for many Nazi survivors (look in to the Bush family and their dealings with the Harriman law firm). Then we took the best of the Nazi party and put them into power positions over here (look into the history of NASA and basically our whole biological warfare division and many corporations in America).

      Vietnam was over 40 years ago. That America doesn’t exist today either. We also profited off that war. We also knew communism was falling apart in that entire region, but still fought the war. It was nothing but a war for profit. No one handed the war off to us. We fought it for profit. That is all.

      Pakistan hiding Bin Laden? Hmm… show me the body. By the way, we created Al Qaeda in 1979 and funded them with 3.5 billion dollars. We also treated Bin Laden for advanced Kidney disease in an American military hospital a couple of months before 9/11. Oh yeah, the Bush family and the Bin Laden family are both in the Carlisle group. (Amazing how the Bush family keeps showing up throughout our sordid history.) Then the world caught us giving out fake Bin Laden photos. Show me the body and I will believe that whoever we killed in Pakistan was Bin Laden. You can believe that nonsense if you want to. But me, I want to see the body. That is not too much to ask. Heck, we even did that with Sadam. We didn’t even hunt him for 12 years and still got to see the body. Show me the body. Show the world the body.

      Looks like you drank the kool-aid. Blind patriotism isn’t an enviable thing. It is just stupidity. It is so stupid that you can’t see what they are doing to you now.

  • Funny

    Here is what is funny. The politicians are all saying that Snowden caused all this damage. Nah … it couldn’t be the spying that has caused all the damage. No, it is the fact that people know about it now. Our politicians are crazy and clueless.