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Edward Snowden’s Letter to Der Spiegel

by , November 04, 2013

This article by Edward Snowden was published a week ago Sunday in Der Spiegel.

In a very short time, the world has learned much about unaccountable secret agencies and about sometimes illegal surveillance programs. Sometimes the agencies even deliberately try to hide their surveillance of high officials or the public. While the NSA and GCHQ seem to be the worst offenders – this is what the currently available documents suggest – we must not forget that mass surveillance is a global problem in need of global solutions.

Such programs are not only a threat to privacy, they also threaten freedom of speech and open societies. The existence of spy technology should not determine policy. We have a moral duty to ensure that our laws and values limit monitoring programs and protect human rights.

Society can only understand and control these problems through an open, respectful and informed debate. At first, some governments feeling embarrassed by the revelations of mass surveillance initiated an unprecedented campaign of persecution to supress this debate. They intimidated journalists and criminalized publishing the truth. At this point, the public was not yet able to evaluate the benefits of the revelations. They relied on their governments to decide correctly.

Today we know that this was a mistake and that such action does not serve the public interest. The debate which they wanted to prevent will now take place in countries around the world. And instead of doing harm, the societal benefits of this new public knowledge is now clear, since reforms are now proposed in the form of increased oversight and new legislation.

Citizens have to fight suppression of information on matters of vital public importance. To tell the truth is not a crime.

Anonymous demonstrators clash with police outside Buckingham Palace

Anonymous demonstrators clash with police outside Buckingham Palace

Hundreds of masked Anonymous protesters descended on Buckingham Palace and Parliament Square in London as part of a worldwide march against austerity cuts.

Eleven people were arrested, Scotland Yard said, nine for public order offences and two for criminal damage. Officers in riot gear tried to shepherd the crowd, which was part of a pre-arranged Anonymous Million Mask March.

3 Years Ago Today in Oakland CA. . .

Via Copblock.org:

On November 5th , 2010, Oakland people swarmed a group of Oscar Grant demonstrators as they marched towards the Fruitvale Bart Station in East Oakland.
For those who don’t know, Oscar Grant was a young man who was killed on video, Jan 1 2009 by Bart Police in front of scores of people.

This killing would bring people together all over the bay, state, country, and world around police murder in violence.

This group in particular was heading towards Fruitvale Bart station when they were illegally surrounded and arrested for “remaining at the scene of a riot”

Click here to view original web page and video at www.copblock.org

Million Mask March locations 2013: UK, Los Angles, Denver, Melbourne, Seattle and Philippines

Million Mask March locations 2013: UK, Los Angles, Denver, Melbourne, Seatle and Philippines

Via Free District.Com:

Million Mask March locations 2013: UK, Los Angles, Denver, Melbourne, Seatle and Philippines Home Discover Million Mask March locations 2013: UK, Los Angles, Denver, Melbourne, Seattle and Philippines…

The Million Mask March was an idea of John Fairhurst which he decided to make a reality. Since its creation, the Million Mask March has grown to over 220 events worldwide, list of Million Mask Marchworldwide events on its official Blog.