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Thu Oct 24, 2013, 07:53 AM

Stop Watching Us

Posted 14 hours ago on Oct. 23, 2013, 4:43 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt

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This video is a call to action released in support of the Stop Watching Us: Rally Against Mass Surveillance being held in Washington, DC, on Saturday, Oct. 26, the 12th anniversary of the Patriot Act. Formed in June 2013, the StopWatching.us coalition is comprised of more than 100 public advocacy organizations and companies from across the political spectrum demanding that Congress investigate the full extent of the NSA's spying programs.

A diverse cast of media, academic, political and legal figures and truth-speakers unite in the video to sound the alarm over unconstitutional government surveillance. The full list, in order of appearance, includes:

Daniel Ellsberg, “Pentagon Papers” whistleblower
Phil Donahue, television talk-show pioneer
US Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-MI), ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee
David Segal, executive director of Demand Progress
Maggie Gyllenhaal, actor and activist
Oliver Stone, director of The Untold History of the United States and Nixon
John Cusack, actor and activist
Wil Wheaton, actor and writer
Molly Crabapple, artist and writer
Jesselyn Radack, U.S. Department of Justice whistleblower and national security and human rights director at the Government Accountability Project
J. Kirk Wiebe, NSA whistleblower
Mark Klein, AT&T whistleblower who revealed the telecommunications company’s collaboration with the NSA in collecting customer data
Thomas Drake, NSA whistleblower
Cindy Cohn, Legal Director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation
Dan Choi, LGBTQ activist and Iraq War veteran
Lawrence Lessig, Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School

Thomas Drake and Daniel Choi will also speak at the rally, which begins with a march from Columbus Circle to the Capitol Reflecting Pool at 12 p.m. EST on Saturday, Oct. 26. StopWatching.us will also deliver more than 500,000 signatures opposing the NSA’s mass surveillance to Congress. The coalition is calling for a full Congressional investigation of America’s surveillance programs, reform to federal surveillance law, and accountability from officials responsible for hiding this surveillance from lawmakers and the public.

http://occupywallst.org/article/stop-watching-us-now/

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marble falls Oct 2013 OP
RC Oct 2013 #1
yurbud Oct 2013 #2
JDPriestly Oct 2013 #3
NealK Oct 2013 #5
20score Oct 2013 #8
Ace Acme Oct 2013 #4
BelgianMadCow Oct 2013 #6
marble falls Oct 2013 #7

Response to marble falls (Original post)

Thu Oct 24, 2013, 10:11 AM

1. They need to get rid of the damn music.

 

Or turn it down. I can't understand the speakers.

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Thu Oct 24, 2013, 11:44 AM

2. Maggie Gyllenhaal made a great movie about the War on Terror: STRIP SEARCH

It parallels the interrogation of an Arab in America with an American in China.

http://web.archive.org/web/20100109094747/http://www.hbo.com/films/stripsearch/

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Thu Oct 24, 2013, 01:27 PM

3. Thank you to everyone who made or appeared in or are distributing that video.

I'm going to be very rude here.

Anyone who is not outraged by the scope of the surveillance and its intrusion into our personal lives, its damage to our privacy and our ability to express ourselves and our opinions publicly are simple-minded.

Just simple-minded.

They do not understand the complexity of our democracy. They have no knowledge of history. They do not think rationally. They are emotionally overly dependent on authority and trust it too much for their own good.

Surveillance of criminal suspects based on probable cause -- yes in many cases.

Surveillance of anyone not suspected of a crime or without probable cause -- no.

Any surveillance of private or semi-private communications on the internet is unreasonable.

We should have laws prohibiting government OR COMMERCIAL interests of placing our personal interactions on the internet under surveillance without our specific agreement for each instance of surveillance. I would not mind if yarn distributors watch my shopping habits online. I do mind if someone is watching my shopping for books or my posts on DU. I do mind if someone is watching those in my family who are on Facebook.

Let's take back our privacy. We aren't terrorists. We aren't committing crimes. The government should not be wasting our money and its time on scooping up our internet activities.

No to any surveillance by anyone of private, law-abiding citizens.

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Response to JDPriestly (Reply #3)

Thu Oct 24, 2013, 05:52 PM

5. I totally agree with you. n/t

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Response to JDPriestly (Reply #3)

Thu Oct 24, 2013, 09:48 PM

8. Well said!

I have a hard time remaining calm with those who I view as cowards, authoritarians and morons. So, I'm glad you said it more calmly.



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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Thu Oct 24, 2013, 02:02 PM

4. Good Job!

 

"In the surveillance state, democracy itself is dead."

I don't understand why some people don't get that. Maybe they only pretend that they don't get it.

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Thu Oct 24, 2013, 06:46 PM

6. Great to see

posted it in GD, sank like a rock...

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Response to BelgianMadCow (Reply #6)

Thu Oct 24, 2013, 06:59 PM

7. I'm surprised. Sure gets my attention.

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