There was a large rally of protestors this Saturday from the Stop Watching Us advocacy group, over the NSA spy program. There has been a large support from the media, as well as hundreds of companies over the NSA surveillance program and Edward Snowden (the man who started it all) has called for a reform over the program.
Edward Snowden stated a warning to the DC lawmakers that “We declare that mass surveillance has no place in this country…It is time for reform. Elections are coming, and we’re watching you.” this really attacks the politicians who are going to be up for reelection come next year.
This protest was backed by hundreds of the worlds largest advocacy groups including the Electronic Frontier Foundation. They all have the same message that the NSA spying has to stop, and this rally shows that many people are infuriated by this program. Of the thousands of people who showed up, there were some special speakers including Thomas Drake; Bruce Schneier; and Gary Johnson, who are some of the most well known speakers of this event. Some are whistle blowers, and some are it specialists, and they all have the same goal to get rid of government spying.
Here is the mini Q&A that Edward Snowden was given by the EFF
“In the last four months, we’ve learned a lot about our government. We’ve learned that the US Intelligence Community secretly built a system of pervasive surveillance.
Today, no telephone in America makes a call without leaving a record with the NSA. Today, no Internet transaction enters or leaves America without passing through the NSA’s hands. Our representatives in Congress tell us this is not surveillance. They’re wrong.
We’ve also learned this isn’t about red or blue party lines. Neither is it about terrorism.
It is about power, control, and trust in government; about whether you have a voice in our democracy or decisions are made for you rather than with you. We’re here to remind our government officials that they are public servants, not private investigators.
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. It’s about our right to know, to associate freely, and to live in an open society.
We are witnessing an American moment in which ordinary people from high schools to high office stand up to oppose a dangerous trend in government.
We are told that what is unconstitutional is not illegal, but we will not be fooled. We have not forgotten that the Fourth Amendment in our Bill of Rights prohibits government not only from searching our personal effects without a warrant but from seizing them in the first place.
Holding to this principle, we declare that mass surveillance has no place in this country. It is time for reform. Elections are coming and we’re watching you.”
This was read to the protestors, and it holds true to the message that they are trying to spread.