Latest surveillance news: The Day We Fight Back against mass surveillance, TPB and Wikileaks visitors spied by NSA & GCHQ, Snowden’s lawyer detained for 9 hours
11th of February was the day we were summoned to fight back against mass surveillance and protect our digital rights and privacy. The activist organizations behind the campaign urged legislators to pass the USA Freedom Act, which limits NSA activities. However, despite the 100k calls to representatives generated, not only were some media outlets portraying a negative image of the protest, but the act remains on hold, also.
La Quadrature du Net explains what privacy is and how we can reclaim our privacy:
Edward Snowden keeps leaking new documents which reveal even more disturbing facts. In case you thought it couldn’t happen to you, the newest leak proves that Wikileaks and The Pirate Bay visitors were spied on by the NSA and GCHQ. Moreover, the document reveals that Julian Assange was added by the NSA to a “man-hunting” target list. Read Reporters Without Borders article in which the organization expresses its outrage over these new revealings.
Another leak shows how “NSA targeted a law firm that represented the Indonesian government during trade disputes with the United States“. In the meantime, officials and journalists still wonder how Snowden was able to put his hands on so many documents. One possible answer is that NSA’s low internal security enabled him to crawl all over the agency’s intranet. In order to discredit Snowden, the agency leaked classified documents to journalists. Here’s the whistleblower’s answer:
[pull_quote_center]It’s ironic that officials are giving classified information to journalists in an effort to discredit me for giving classified information to journalists. The difference is that I did so to inform the public about the government’s actions, and they’re doing so to misinform the public about mine.[/pull_quote_center]
Nevertheless, these official leaks seem not to have the expected result. Snowden’s image is more positive than ever and he has been elected as the new Student Rector at Glasgow University. He was nominated for this position of student representative by a group of students aiming to show opposition against mass surveillance.
And the story doesn’t stop here! Snowden’s lawyer, Jesselyn Radack was detained and interrogated by UK authorities for 9 hours (!) at Heathrow airport. Journalist’s David Miranda lawyers took legal action against his “unlawful” detention from a few month ago, but without luck as it was ruled lawful by the High Court. Nevertheless, the measure interferes with press freedom and “equates journalism with terrorism“. As if this wasn’t already a reality: think only of Julian Assange on the manhunt list mentioned above and Barret Brown who is facing 105 years in jail for investigative journalism! Though he should not have spent a day in jail, he got mentioned, at least, in the House of Cards Netflix series latest episode.
Till the next time we meet, here‘s a little game you should definitely play: Nothing to Hide! If you enjoyed it, be sure to help its creators and back their project by contributing to their crowdfunding campaign!
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