Hundreds of anti-NSA protestors gathered in Washington, D.C. on Saturday to take part in the “Stop Watching Us” rally. The people marched in front of the Capitol to protest the National Security Agency’s mass surveillance of American citizens. Several White House politicians were in attendance at the rally that the ACLU called the “biggest protest yet against NSA spying.”
Representative Justin Amash was one of the politicians at the NSA march on Washington. Amash, who has been working to limit NSA surveillance programs, was quick to point out that the problems with the NSA aren’t partisan issues. “This is for Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, conservatives and liberals, everyone in between,” said Amash.
According to The Guardian, Amash was right, as the crowd featured a mix of Republicans, Democrats and everything in between. This was quite a change in pace from all of the partisan angst that has been associated with Obamacare over the past few weeks.
I thanked a DC police officer for his service along the rally route and am so pleased he said thank you for being here, meaning all of us.
— Naomi Wolf (@naomirwolf) October 26, 2013
— Jeff Lyon (@rubbingalcohol) October 27, 2013
Amash is hopeful that the U.S.A. Freedom Act, a bill that would that limit the mass collection of data by the NSA, will be passed after it is introduced in the House next week. “We’re going to keep fighting and we’re going to pass something to rein in the NSA,” Amash said. Amash tried to get a similar bill passed this past July, but failed.
A statement made by Edward Snowden, the man responsible for the NSA leaks who is hiding out in Russia, was read at the anti-NSA rally. “This is about the unconstitutional, unethical, and immoral actions of the modern-day surveillance state and how we all must work together to remind government to stop them,” Snowden said. “It’s about our right to know, to associate freely, and to live in an open society.”
Snowden delivered a warning to lawmakers in his statement. “We declare that mass surveillance has no place in this country…Elections are coming and we’re watching you. Today, no telephone in America makes a call without leaving a record with the NSA. Our representatives in Congress tell us this is not surveillance. They’re wrong,” Snowden said.[Image via YouTube]