To Daniel Ellsberg, the well-known whistleblower and lifelong advocate for freedom who leaked the “Pentagon Papers” 40 years ago, “there has not been in American history a more important leak than Edward Snowden’s release of NSA material.”
Snowden’s disclosure publicly revealed that, under provisions of the Patriot Act and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), the National Security Agency (NSA) has direct access to the systems of Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Apple and other major U.S. internet companies.
The information collected includes search history, email, video and voice chat, videos, photos, social networking details, and more. The government has also been secretly tracking the calls of customers from all the major telecommunications companies—to whom they spoke, from where and for how long—going back seven years.
In an email this week to ACLU supporters, Ellsberg noted:
I’ve seen firsthand how the consequences of [this] kind of government abuse threaten our most fundamental liberties…we may find ourselves in a dangerous situation in which average citizens, along with Congresspersons, journalists and their sources, even judges, are watched around the clock and afraid to dissent. The core fixtures of our democracy—the right to protest, the right to live freely in the pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness without government intrusion—could be weakened beyond repair.
We simply can’t afford to do nothing. We have no choice but to act now.
Over 30,000 ACLU supporters have already spoken out against these spying programs. Join their calls for change.
Demand that President Obama end the secret surveillance state by calling for the repeal of section 215 of the Patriot Act and section 702 of FISA.
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