RootsAction, Norwegian PEN and Networkers South-North are launching a campaign and petition at 4pm local time today in support of bringing Edward Snowden to Norway in order to receive the Ossietzky Prize in November this year. The petition’s initial signatories include Noam Chomsky, Arundhati Roy, Daniel Ellsberg, Marit Arnstad, Jesselyn Radack, Arne Ruth, Ola Larsmo, Coleen Rowley, Thomas Drake, Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, Marjorie Cohn, William Binney, William Nygaard, John Kiriakou, Moddi og Mari Boine.
For the past five months the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) has been conducting an investigation into electronic mass surveillance of, and conducted by, EU member states. This inquiry, prompted directly by Edward Snowden’s revelations, held the first of its fifteen hearings on 5 September 2013 and is now making amendments to the draft report prepared by Inquiry rapporteur, MEP Claude Moraes.
Originally posted 24 October 2013 at StopWatching.us. Read by Jesselyn Radack to the Rally Against Mass Surveillance in Washington DC on 26 October 2013.
In the last four months, we’ve learned a lot about our government.
We’ve learned that the US intelligence community secretly built a system of pervasive surveillance. 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. Our representatives in Congress tell us this is not surveillance. They’re wrong.
Now it’s time for the government to learn from us. On Saturday, the ACLU, EFF and the rest of the StopWatching.Us coalition are going to DC. Join us in sending the message: Stop Watching Us.
Jesselyn Radack, National Security and Human Rights Director of the Government Accountability Project, visited Edward Snowden last week in order to present him with the Sam Adams Award for Integrity in Intelligence, alongside three other whistleblowers. In an article in The Nation, Radack detailed her visit with Snowden, her concerns about travelling and the award he was given.
On meeting with Snowden, Radack writes: “Given the extraordinary circumstances and pressure he’s under, Snowden is doing remarkably well. He’s warm and engaged, greeting us with long embraces. His is well-grounded, centered, and has a quick sense of humor, darkly joking that if he were a spy, Russia treats its spies much better than leaving them trapped in the Sheremetyevo transit zone for over a month. He is brilliant, humble and idealistic – in the best sense of the word.”
She also discusses the importance of his safety and security: “The issue of his security is paramount. Russia granted him asylum and clearly has an interest in protecting its refugee. Attorney-General Eric Holder stated that the United States would not torture him if he returned, hardly a salutary promise. Senator Dianne Feinstein accused him of treason – an act punishable by death. And last week, former NSA and CIA director Michael Hayden and House Intelligence Committee chairman Mike Rogers joked about putting Snowden on the ‘kill list’ for assassination.”
Jesselyn Radack’s full article: My Visit With Edward Snowden
Originally posted 11 October 2013 on WikiLeaks
Six video clips of Edward Snowden receiving the Sam Adams Award for Integrity in Intelligence have been released by WikiLeaks. The award was presented to him by ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.
In the videos Snowden comments: “People all over the world are realising that these [surveillance] programs don’t make us more safe. They hurt our economy, they hurt our country, they limit our ability to speak and think and live and be creative; to have relationships, to associate freely.”
He continues: “We have an executive of the Department of Justice that’s unwilling to prosecute high officials who lied to Congress and the country on camera, but they’ll stop at nothing to persecute someone who told them the truth. And that’s a fundamentally dangerous thing to democracy.”
Watch the videos here: http://wikileaks.org/Video-Edward-Snowden-wins-Sam.html
Presented on 9 October 2013 in Moscow
Edward Snowden was presented with the Sam Adams Award this Wednesday in Moscow. The award was given to him by US whistleblowers Thomas Drake, Jesselyn Radack, Coleen Rowley and Ray McGovern. The award recognises integrity in the intelligence community, represented by a candlestick “for someone who has shone bright light into dark corners”.
McGovern commented: “He’s convinced that what he did was right. He has no regrets. And he’s willing to face whatever the future holds for him.”
Radack noted that, despite it being a dangerous time for whistleblowers in the US, more and more continue speaking out.