Monday, October 28, 2013

New Video From Hollywood To Obama Surveillance State: 'Stop Watching Us'

The video begins with the leaker of the “Pentagon Papers,” Daniel Ellsberg, and continues in a prolonged narration with each successive person in the frame building on the argument: Ordinary Americans are being surveilled at a level unprecedented in U.S. history. - IJ Review

One can only imagine what must be going through the collective minds of Hollywood as they continue to watch the unfolding of the Obama presidency.

Incidentally, while some may argue that the reference to an “Obama” surveillance state is a partisan shot, consider the facts:

- When in history has the IRS been caught and/or accused of conducting a witch hunt based solely on the political persuasion of the organizations being harassed?
- When in history has the Justice Department singled out news organizations and individual reporters without warrant or probable cause?
- When in history has the NSA been caught and/or accused of tapping into text messages, phone calls, emails and social website communications of everyday Americans – with no suspicion of crime or wrong-doing on the part of those being surveilled?
- The answer to all of the above questions is “never.”

As John Cusack – with whom I seldom agree – correctly observed, the threat to our civil liberties has never been greater.

#StopWatchingUs is a coalition of more than 100 public advocacy organizations and companies from across the political spectrum. Join the movement at ◼ This video harnesses the voices of celebrities, activists, legal experts, and other prominent figures in speaking out against mass surveillance by the NSA. Please share widely to help us spread the message that we will not stand for the dragnet surveillance of our communications.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is a nonprofit civil liberties law and advocacy center that has been fighting the NSA's unconstitutional spying for years. Learn more at ◼