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    Protesters march in Washington against NSA surveillance

    The furore over US government spying programmes drew protesters onto the streets of Washington on Saturday following revelations by former security contractor Edward Snowden
    Protesters march in Washington against NSA surveillance | South China Morning Post

    Protesters marched on Capitol Hill in Washington on Saturday to protest against the US government’s online surveillance programmes, whose vast scope was revealed this year by former spy agency contractor Edward Snowden.

    People carried signs reading: “Stop Mass Spying”, “Thank you, Edward Snowden” and “Unplug Big Brother” as they gathered at the foot of Capitol Hill to demonstrate against the online surveillance by the National Security Agency.

    Estimates varied on the size of the march, with organisers saying more than 2,000 attended. US Capitol Police said they do not typically provide estimates on the size of such demonstrations

    The march attracted protesters from both ends of the political spectrum as liberal privacy advocates walked alongside members of the conservative Tea Party movement in opposition to what they say is unlawful government spying on Americans.

    “I consider myself a conservative and no conservative wants their government collecting information on them and storing it and using it,” said Michael Greene, one of the protesters.

    “Over the past several months, we have learned so much about the abuses [of privacy] that are going on and the complete lack of oversight and the mass surveillance into every detail of our lives. And we need to tell Congress that they have to act,” said another protester, Jennifer Wynne.

    The event was organised by a coalition known as “Stop Watching Us” that consists of some 100 public advocacy groups and companies, including the American Civil Liberties Union, privacy group Electronic Frontier Foundation, Occupy Wall Street NYC and the Libertarian Party.
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    Obama administration and many lawmakers have defended the NSA programmes as crucial in protecting US national security and helping thwart past militant plots. They have also said the programmes are carefully overseen by Congress and the courts.

    Snowden’s disclosures have raised concerns that NSA surveillance may span not just foreign, but domestic online and phone communication.

    “We are calling on Congress to take immediate action to halt this surveillance and provide a full public accounting of the NSA’s and the FBI’s data collection programmes,” Stop Watching Us said in a letter addressed to members of Congress posted online, which called for a reform of the law known as the Patriot Act.

    That law marked its 12th anniversary on Saturday. It was passed in 2001 to improve anti-terrorism efforts and is now under scrutiny by privacy advocates who say it allows “dragnet” data gathering.

    “Our representatives in Congress tell us this is not surveillance. They’re wrong,” Snowden said in a statement before Saturday’s rally. Wanted in the United States on espionage charges, he is now living under temporary asylum in Russia.
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    Re: Protesters march in Washington against NSA surveillance

    Obama administration and many lawmakers have defended the NSA programmes as crucial in protecting US national security and helping thwart past militant plots. They have also said the programmes are carefully overseen by Congress and the courts.
    such garbage words.

    There isn't any oversight to speak of Irecall a article 'Congress tired of asking 20 Questions" which lambasted to quality of the so called "briefings"
    being rather hit or miss, and having to make Congress ask specific questions for this montrous program.
    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/06/1...ions-with-nsa/


    If they didn't ask the 'right qurestion" they got dissembing answers - so much for "transparency & oversight " from this ultra-secretive administration.

    Only the Select INTEL Committes get a full briefing (i think) and even they are not allowed note taking.

    This is what is wrong with our so secretive gov't -nobody gets the full picture - once the National Security Blanket obscures the truth.
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