Mass survellance Edward Snowden are you pissed off ? law vs humanrights

Posted on July 1, 2013

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Fight for the Future sends an email out to all the members (see below) and if you are an American  you will want to follow them.

“The important email we’re going to send you this month. As you know, recent leaks have revealed that the U.S. Government has turned the Internet into the most massive modern surveillance tool in history, one that can constantly monitor and invade the privacy of people all over the world. Including you”

It is a double edge sword when it comes to digital law vs human rights? ethical vs unethical acts and at times  I wonder what Edward Snowden’s destiny will be?

The latest revelations about the way the US spied on the EU, which followed the Guardian’s disclosures about how the British snooped on diplomats from Turkey and South Africa, among others, at the G20 summit in London four years ago. Globally this has caused genuine fury among those targeted, particularly the Germans and the French. But their anger has been met with shoulder-shrugging indignation from former British diplomats and security experts, who say this sort of thing happens all the time. WOW 

Britain’s  Version similar to the NSA ” Listens To Telephone Calls and also reads Internet users email and  gives access to the  NSA to listen in according to the Guardian.

GCHQ

The Guardian reports  that the GCHQ, the British version of the National Security Agency, engages in even more mining of metadata and other information than the National Security Agency does, and frequently shares that information with the United States:

“Britain’s spy agency GCHQ has secretly gained access to the network of cables which carry the world’s phone calls and internet traffic and has started to process vast streams of sensitive personal information which it is sharing with its American partner, the National Security Agency (NSA).

The sheer scale of the agency’s ambition is reflected in the titles of its two principal components: Mastering the Internet and Global Telecoms Exploitation, aimed at scooping up as much online and telephone traffic as possible. This is all being carried out without any form of public acknowledgement or debate.

One key innovation has been GCHQ’s ability to tap into and store huge volumes of data drawn from fibre-optic cables for up to 30 days so that it can be sifted and analysed. That operation, codenamed Tempora, has been running for some 18 months.

GCHQ and the NSA are consequently able to access and process vast quantities of communications between entirely innocent people, as well as targeted suspects.

This includes recordings of phone calls, the content of email messages, entries on Facebook and the history of any internet user’s access to websites – all of which is deemed legal, even though the warrant system was supposed to limit interception to a specified range of targets.

The existence of the programme has been disclosed in documents shown to the Guardian by the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden as part of his attempt to expose what he has called “the largest programme of suspicionless surveillance in human history”.

“It’s not just a US problem. The UK has a huge dog in this fight,” Snowden told the Guardian. “They [GCHQ] are worse than the US.”

The  NSA  has been saying since this leak & story began that they don’t listen to phone calls or read emails without first getting permission from a FISA Court and if the Guardian & Snowden’  information is correct  this gives both the NSA & GCHQ full access  through the very cable-based communication that is passing  through the  Transatlantic cables  between the  Eastern and Western Hemispheres and virtually gives the authorities access to  monitoring  our conversation.

We would not allow strangers to enter our home and yet in the digital landscape  we can’t protect our end point safety & privacy rights as innocent users of these devices , technologies and Internet.

 According to RT “US taps half-billion German phones and internet activities a month”

U.S. secret services keep tabs on around half a billion telephone calls, emails or mobile phone text messages in Germany a month, making it the most targeted among EU states, a German news magazine citing secret U.S. documents. Spiegel’s earlier report, which revealed that European citizens, employees of the EU diplomatic missions in Washington and the UN were under electronic surveillance from the NSA, was met with anger from EU policymakers.

Germany has reacted to revelations of vast U.S. and British spy programs with particular alarm, given its dark history of state surveillance and secret police abuses under the Nazis and the communist East German regime.

The issue was high on the agenda of talks between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Barack Obama in Berlin earlier in June.

And the German government has written letters to both British and U.S. authorities demanding answers over the programs.

The Spiegel report cited figures from National Security Agency documents the magazine said it had seen that show that half a billion forms of communication — phone calls, emails, text messages and Internet chat entries — were monitored every month.

The metadata — showing when a communication was made and with whom — are saved at the agency’s headquarters, it said, without going into the content.

The information showed that in December the agency intercepted metadata from on average of around 15 million phone conversations daily and about 10 million Internet connections.

But on some days, the figures were much higher.

It gave a comparison for France, where Spiegel said the U.S. recorded data from a daily average of around 2 million connections in the same time frame, adding that the NSA was more active in Germany than any other EU country.

Spiegel also said an internal classification revealed that Germany was categorized as a “third party” partner. “We can attack the signals of most foreign third-party partners — and do so too,” it quoted a NSA presentation as saying.

Britain, Australia, Canada and New Zealand, which are second-party partners, are exempt from surveillance, it added.

According to fresh allegations attributed to U.S. fugitive Edward Snowden, Spiegel also reports in its latest edition that Washington targeted EU offices in Brussels and the United States.

Germany’s justice minister called for an immediate explanation over the report, saying the alleged U.S. intelligence activity was reminiscent of the Cold War.

According to Democracy Now “Edward Snowden’s decision to leak a trove of secret documents outlining the NSA’s surveillance program has elicited a range of reactions. Among his detractors, he’s been called “a grandiose narcissist who deserves to be in prison,” (Jeffrey Toobin of the New Yorker), who’s committed “an act of treason,” (Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, chair of the Senate intelligence committee). To supporters, Snowden is a hero for showing that “our very humanity [is] being compromised by the blind implementation of machines in the name of making us safe,” (author Douglas Rushkoff), one whom President Obama should “thank and offer him a job as a White House technology advisor,” (American Conservative editor Scott McConnell). We host a debate  with two guests: Chris Hedges, a senior fellow at the Nation Institute and former Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign correspondent for the New York Times; and Geoffrey Stone, a professor at the University of Chicago Law School. Stone served as an informal advisor to President Obama in 2008, years after hiring him to teach constitutional law

So why is ” Fight for the Future  fighting for privacy rights. The organization is part of the  Internet Defense League (catch their email below). If you are an American this will be of an interest to you and if you believe in your digital  privacy rights.

“The important email we’re going to send you this month. As you know, recent leaks have revealed that the U.S. Government has turned the Internet into the most massive modern surveillance tool in history, one that can constantly monitor and invade the privacy of people all over the world. Including you”

Click here if that pisses you off and you’re ready to do something about it.


UPDATE:
just as we were sending this email, we saw the latest leaked documents that show that PRISM allowed the NSA to use FBI-operated equipment located at tech companies headquarters to eavesdrop on our conversations in real-time. See them for yourself, but read on.


Millions have already taken action, but it’s going to take more than just petition signatures to put a stop to unconstitutional NSA surveillance. The U.S. government wants to forget it’s own Constitution. We’re going to make that completely impossible.

There are national protests happening on July 4th — online and off. Grassroots Internet users have organized Restore the Fourth protests on the ground all over the U.S. on the 4th of July. Building off the energy of the StopWatching.us coalition (which now has over 550,000 signers), and aiming to amplify the protests on the ground, we’re raising the Internet Defense League’s “Cat Signal” on July 4th, asking websites and organizations to show call out the NSA by displaying the text of the 4th Amendment. We just started outreach and we’ve already got EFF, WordPress, 4chan, Reddit, Namecheap, Imgur, Mozilla, DuckDuckGo, Fark, and Cheezburger signed up to participate. We need you too!

If you already have the IDL’s “all campaigns” code installed, you’re all set. The Cat Signal will be raised at midnight on July 4th and will turn off at midnight on July 5th. We’ll send out campaign specific code on Tuesday, for those who just want to participate in this action, but what we need you to do right now is help spread the word. We need to ramp this up and get everyone on board. If you have Twitter or Facebook, click the link below, if not, please blog, share, call your friends and tell them. This is going to be epic, so get everyone.

We need you on this one. Click here to join our Thunderclap and help make this protest HUGE.

This is a watershed moment for our basic rights to free speech, freedom of association, and privacy. What the NSA is doing is illegal. We are at the moment where we decide if the government should have the power to track, target, profile, and deem suspicious any one of us based on our small everyday movements. The first in line are probably the journalists we depend on, any of our friends or family who are even slightly political. This is why privacy matters — it does not allow the government to unreasonably persecute anyone.

Click here to join our Thunderclap to spread the word about the protests!

It’s time to leave behind the politics that have failed us. These government dragnet programs started under Bush, but Obama made them even worse, and his administration has mounted an unprecedented attack on journalists and whistleblowers, using the Espionage Act to stifle free speech more times than all other presidents combined. Republicans and Democrats have both failed to uphold the Constitution — they’re defending the NSA’s programs, or outright lying about it — and as a result, the foundation of our democracy is in question.

There’s many ways to fight the NSA. Click here to see all the ways that you can participate on July 4th, online and in the streets.

Can you forward this to 10 people right now and ask them to do the same?

We’re counting on you. Everyone is. Last chance:click here to join the movement.

Sincerely,

Tiffiniy, Holmes, Evan, and the whole FFTF team

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SOURCES:

1) The Guardian, “NSA collected U.S. email records in bulk for more than 2 years under Obama”


2) Washington Post,
“Here’s everything we know about how the NSA’s secret programs work”


3) Slate,
“Obama Has Charged More Under Espionage Act Than All Other Presidents Combined”


4) Watch
Glen Greenwald on Democracy Now as he proves that Dianne Feinstein lied to the camera

5) The Atlantic, “2 Senators Say the NSA is Still Feeding us False Information”

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