The Green Party today called for a mass movement to demand the dismantling of the National Surveillance State created by the National Security Agency, CIA, and Justice Department with President Obama’s approval.
Greens also called for a halt to the prosecution of whistleblowers, including Pfc. Bradley Manning and Julian Assange, who complied with international laws to which the U.S. is signatory when they exposed war crimes, as well as government and corporate criminality in the U.S. and abroad, and for no action against whistleblower Edward Snowden and journalist Glenn Greenwald.
“President Obama and Congress members who are defending this kind of mass surveillance don’t understand that adversarial government that turns millions of Americans into potential enemies is the opposite of democracy, freedom, and the rule of law,” said Carl Romanelli, 2006 U.S. Senate candidate in Pennsylvania and member of Green Party’s International Committee.
“The Obama Administration has maintained and expanded the Bush Administration’s patent violations of our First, Fourth, and Fifth Amendment rights. The key phrase in the 4th Amendment’s guarantee of freedom from search and seizure is ‘upon probable cause’ — which doesn’t permit a dragnet that intercepts and analyses the private phone communications and Internet activity of millions of Americans,” Mr. Romanelli added.
Greens said that the current massive violation of privacy and freedom was inevitable after the passage and renewal of the USA Patriot Act and Congress’s 2007 grant of immunity (with a yea vote from Sen. Obama) to telecomms that complied with warrantless surveillance of U.S. citizens. The Green Party opposed both pieces of legislation.