Archive for the ‘NSA’ Category

This is how Tom Englehardt starts his starts his interview with Laura Poitras, after he saw her “engrossing new film on Edward Snowden,” at the New York Film Festival.


Here’s a Ripley’s Believe It or Not! stat from our new age of national security. How many Americans have security clearances? The answer: 5.1 million, a figure that reflects the explosive growth of the national security state in the post-9/11 era. Imagine the kind of system needed just to vet that many people for access to our secret world (to the tune of billions of dollars). We’re talking here about the total population of Norway and significantly more people than you can find in Costa Rica, Ireland, or New Zealand. And yet it’s only about 1.6% of the American population, while on ever more matters, the unvetted 98.4% of us are meant to be left in the dark.

Here are couple more links and review of this film:

  1. Citizenfour review – Poitras’ victorious film shows Snowden vindicated
  2. The Holder of Secrets
  3. Snowden Film Tests Hollywood Obama Backers
  4. PopPolitics: Laura Poitras on Edward Snowden’s Reaction to ‘Citizenfour’ (Listen)

Petition: Stop Spying on the American People

WE THE UNDERSIGNED people of Rhode Island strongly oppose widespread government and corporate spying on our private personal phone calls, emails, texts, data, and Internet activity. This surveillance of everyone, all the time, is un-­‐American. It destroys our privacy and tramples the Fourth Amendment’s search and seizure protections. Our rights are in danger. We must act now.

AS A FIRST STEP, we call on the R.I. congressional delegation to immediately sponsor laws rolling back the power of government and business to spy on us electronically, through tracking or recording our phone calls, emails, texts, and data. SIGN TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT!

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STOP SPYING ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE – Want to help build the movement to stop government and corporate surveillance? Download the petition in PDF format, print, and circulate/gather signatures.

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To join our mailing list, where we plan direct actions like this, email us or join us at the next Coalition meeting on Saturday, September 14, 1pm-3:30pm at the Mount Pleasant Library, Providence.

Truthdig: Restore Honor and Pardon Edward Snowden

NPR: What’s The Big Deal About Privacy?