Thousands of activists march on Washington to rally against domestic and international NSA surveillance

By End the Lie

Stop Watching Us rally participants march on Saturday to protest NSA surveillance (Image credit: @johnzangas on Twitter)

Stop Watching Us rally participants march on Saturday to protest NSA surveillance (Image credit: @johnzangas on Twitter)

Thousands of activists joined forces on Saturday to protest the NSA surveillance of both domestic and international targets by marching on Washington, D.C.

This comes shortly after it was revealed that the NSA spied on the phones of 35 world leaders. Furthermore, both France and Mexico have recently responded quite critically to U.S. surveillance in their countries, though Director of National Intelligence James Clapper issued a cleverly worded denial of the reports.

On Saturday, it was also reported that 21 countries are in the process of creating a UN resolution to condemn NSA surveillance.

The march was organized by Stop Watching Us, a coalition of over 100 groups ranging from the ACLU to the Electronic Frontier Foundation to FreedomWorks to Demand Progress to the Council on American-Islamic Relations to Occupy Wall Street and many more.

A statement from Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor responsible for leaking the now famous documents exposing mass collection of phone records and widespread internet surveillance, was read to rally participants.

“Our representatives in Congress tell us this is not surveillance. They’re wrong. Now it’s time for the government to learn from us,” Snowden wrote in the statement read by Jesselyn Radack, national security director for the Government Accountability Project.

Radack gestured in the direction of the Capitol building and said, “We are watching you,” according to USA Today.

“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,” Snowden’s statement read, according to the Christian Science Monitor.

Participants carried a wide variety of signs, but all promoted the same goal of an end to mass surveillance.

The rally featured many notable speakers, including Rep. Justin Amash, a Michigan Republican noted for his defense of privacy.

Amash was an early critic of the NSA’s surveillance and has been an ardent opponent of other pieces of legislation he deemed to be a threat to the Constitution.

Dennis Kucinich also spoke at the rally:

Multiple NSA whistleblowers also showed up at the rally, including Russell Tice:

And Thomas Drake:

There were even rallies in Germany to protest the NSA surveillance in their country:

It remains to be seen if the government will react to the rise of negative popular sentiment in response to NSA spying.

Up until this point, it hasn’t seemed to sway the Obama administration, many legislators and government agencies all that much, since, as the Chicago Tribune put it, they “have defended the NSA programs as crucial in protecting U.S. national security and helping thwart past militant plot[s].”

I’d love to hear your opinion, take a look at your story tips and even your original writing if you would like to get it published. Please email me at [email protected]

Please support alternative news and help us start paying contributors by donating, doing your shopping through our Amazon link or check out some must-have products at our store.

One Response to Thousands of activists march on Washington to rally against domestic and international NSA surveillance

  1. Nora October 26, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    I think the American people are clearly fed up with the baloney. Yeah the NSA spies are getting paid to do what they do, and their employers aren’t going to give up easily on this omnipotence, so they will probably do what they always do…claim we won but continue their plans. The British didn’t lose the Revolutionary war, they just sent their banker allies in to wreck our country from within. We need another Andrew Jackson for president when we give that lying murderer Obummer the boot.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Advertise on End the Lie

Would you like to have your business or service exposed to thousands of people every day here at End the Lie? We have a wide variety of options available all at unbeatable prices. At the same time you will be supporting a truth-oriented alternative news outlet as well as hardworking independent journalists across the United States and the world.

If you would like to know more please email us and please be sure to include the details of what you are advertising, what your budget is and what type of advertising format you are looking for, including size(s), length of advertising period and any other pertinent details. The more information you give us, the more accurate the quote will be. We might also be able to work out some unique advertising tailored to your needs so feel free to contact us with questions and ideas.

Note: our advertisers have absolutely no input in what we cover or how we cover it. If this is problematic, you might want to seek out another news outlet. Here at End the Lie we put the truth first and thus no sponsor will be able to control our content. We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone and we will not advertise pornography, gambling, drugs, alcohol, tobacco or anything that might otherwise be illegal.