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Hundreds of people rally in the US capital to denounce the National Security Agency’s massive surveillance programs as furor grows at home and abroad over the US government’s spying activities.

Protesters marched in Washington DC from Union Station to Capitol Hill on Saturday, the anniversary of the Patriot Act, holding signs that said, “Stop mass surveillance,” “Thank you, Edward Snowden” and “No NSA mass spying.”

The march was organized by Stop Watching Us, a coalition of over 100 public advocacy organizations that includes civil liberties advocacy organizations like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the Council on American-Islamic Relations and more grassroots groups like Occupy Wall Street-NYC.

“Right now the NSA is spying on everyone’s personal communications, and it’s operating without any meaningful oversight,” states a memo on the website of Stop Watching Us.

The protesters are aiming to deliver over half a million petitions to Congress, calling for an end to mass surveillance by the NSA.

Since early June, documents disclosed by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden have blown the lid on a number of US spying programs including one for collecting Americans’ phone records and another, codenamed PRISM, for tracking the use of US-based Internet servers by all people around the world.

Moreover, the Guardian reported on Thursday that the NSA has monitored the telephone conversations of 35 world leaders, including Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Both of those leaders have condemned the widespread spying by the NSA and are spearheading a UN General Assembly resolution that would demand an end to the US government’s spying and invasion of privacy worldwide.


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2 Responses to " Hundreds rally against NSA spying in US capital "

  1. Zharkov says:

    The Roman Empire’s government collapsed but the people and country of Italy still exist today.

    The British Empire collapsed but Britain still exists today. Empires never last forever.

    The US government is NOT America, it merely represents America’s population as an agent, and agents are replaceable and expendable under our Declaration of Independence, and Constitution.

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  2. TrumpetBlast says:

    Thus says The Lord: Your nation is come to its bitter end! Lo, I give it over! No more shall I defend its people and protect its borders! Nor shall I hear the cries of its people when it comes!… FOR THEY HAVE FORSAKEN ME! AND NOW MUST I ALSO FORSAKE THEM!

    Cry bitter tears therefore, little flock… Weep in deep sorrow, and return quickly to Safety! For the end of a nation is a terrible thing. It is wrought with much betrayal and falls with a mighty crash, bringing forth much death… The sound of which shall shake every land and every people! And they too shall fall… Collapse as has never been seen!
    Yet from ruin they shall arise and band together. And they shall make a covenant and sign a desperate agreement. And once again they shall blaspheme the name of The Most High, and walk proudly… And upon the heels of desolation shall their final destruction be written, in the blood of the slain.
    And though three repent, and turn back from their agreement and fight, they also shall be destroyed!… They shall be overcome. Yet out of them shall The Lord your God make a great harvest, even in the midst of great devastation.

    And My witnesses shall be sent out,
    They shall walk and give a shout…

    Lo, they shall run…

    Declaring My judgments in all the earth, going from city to city.

    Thus shall I bring calamity upon the cities of men,
    Until My wrath is satisfied and My fierce anger is abated…

    Until The Holy One of Israel steps upon the Mount,
    Bringing forth the consummation unto victory absolute…


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