Posted on Friday, September 23, 2011 by the Website Workers Council
National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance is organizing a civil resistance action at the National Security Agency (NSA) on October 9.
When: Sunday, October 9, 2011 - all day
Where: Natinal Security Agency, Fort Meade, Maryland
What: Civil resistance action
Sponsors: National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance, October 2011 Coalition
Contact: email mobuszewski - at - verizon.net
The following description is from the sponsor's event page.
If you are concerned and want to stop the shredding of the Bill of Rights, consider protesting the work of the National Security Agency, located at Fort Meade, Maryland. The National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance as part of http://october2011.org/ is organizing a protest at Fort Meade on Sunday, October 9 at noon. For details, contact Max at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at verizon.net
Bush II signed a Presidential Authorization for a new and illegal surveillance program, which coincidentally went operational on October 6, 2001. It would be a few years before Russ Tice, a whistleblower fired by the NSA in May 2005, exposed the program. In December, 2005 New York Times reporters James Risen and Eric Lichtblau revealed that President Bush had approved a program of warrantless wiretaps of domestic-to-international communications by the NSA. This led to the harvesting of enormous volumes of telecommunications data from U.S. citizens for analysis. It would be discovered that AT&T, according to former employee Mark Klein, and other telecommunications giants were cooperating with the NSA is its illegal surveillance programs.
Another scandal to hit the National Security Agency was the arrest and indictment of Thomas A. Drake, a former employee. He recognized that the Agency, in catching up with the volume of e-mail and cell phone traffic, spent hundreds of millions of tax dollars on a malfunctioning computer program. For blowing the whistle, Drake was indicted and faced 35 years imprisonment. Fortunately, most of the charges were dropped, and by pleading guilty to a misdemeanor he was sentenced to probation and community service. Both Drake and Tice, moreover, suffered tremendous financial repercussions.
If you find U.S. foreign policy unconscionable, join us at the NSA, as it played a significant role in the military incurions in Afghanistan,Iraq, Libya, Pakistan and Yemen. This would include selecting targets for drone strikes.
NSA director General Michael Hayden played a key role in crafting Colin Powell’s February, 2003 speech before the UN, which purported to prove that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction. Hayden was instrumental in providing false information to Colin Powell, at George Bush’s request, so that the invasion of Iraq could proceed. Thus the NSA was complicit in possibly one of the worst debacles and humanitarian crises in this nation’s history. Despite the NSA’s failure to protect this country on 9/11 during Hayden’s directorship and his role in illegal surveillance, he was eventually promoted to head the Central Intelligence Agency.
Also the NSA was involved in the wiretapping of the UN Security Council in 2003. The NSA asked British intelligence to tap the phones of the UN Security Council members’ offices so the US would know how each country would vote on the resolution to invade Iraq. Luckily, Katherine Gunn, a courageous British intelligence linguist, alerted the world to that illegal operation.
The list of criminal activity by the NSA is endless, and the above is just a sampling. If you want to speak out against the war machine and demand a restoration of our constitutional rights, join us in protesting the National Security Agency which acts with impunity and above the law!!