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Indict the Criminals Responsible for Vast Government Spying -- Hands Off Edward Snowden

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The Steering Committee of World Can't Wait | June 24, 2013

WE DEFEND Edward Snowden for his courageous action in revealing vast, unlawful surveillance by the United States.

WE CALL on others to join us in opposing the U.S. government's plans to gain custody of him, to try  and imprison him on espionage charges.

WE JOIN with a large section of the U.S. population -- and billions worldwide -- in outrage at the unconstitutional, illegitimate surveillance of whole populations by the U.S. which has been covered up and lied about for years.

It is absurd that Snowden faces criminal charges from  the U.S. government who has been caught red-handed breaking its own laws while it flaunts international law by the use of targeted killing and indefinite detention.

It is outrageous that this same government refuses to investigate, much less prosecute, those responsible for the crimes of aggressive war and torture while now carrying out an unjust prosecution against Bradley Manning for exposing these crimes.

WE INDICT those in U.S. government guilty of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity, NOT those who blow the whistle on these crimes.


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On June 10, Edward Snowden claimed responsibility for leaking National Security Administration documents which show that the U.S. government "targets the communications of everyone."

This a practice which he warned is going to "get worse with the next generation and the next generation who extend the capabilities of this sort of architecture of oppression."

Snowden's revelations show that the Obama administration and the NSA consistently LIED about the scale of surveillance.

They lied about how both the meta-data and the full contents of all electronic communications are being scooped up and stored.

They lied about  both domestic and foreign internet data  being collected and stored,  spying in real time, and using the rest for subsequent use, by the current White House administration and all subsequent administrations.

The biggest lie of all is that this mass surveillance is about keeping Americans safe.

Snowden revealed the ease with which agents can use this to build a case against anyone; chilling dissent.

These same people now have the audacity to charge Snowden with spying?!

Snowden stepped forward because he became aware of these towering criminal practices, and recognized the dangerous precedent it sets.

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Debra Sweet is the Director of World Can't Wait, initiated in 2005 to "drive out the Bush regime" by repudiating its program, forcing it from office through a mass, independent movement and reversing the direction it had launched. Based in New York City, she leads World Can't Wait in its continuing efforts to stop the crimes of our government, including the unjust occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan and the torture and detention codes, as well as reversing the fascist direction of U.S. society, from the surveillance state to the (more...)
 
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