Pirates Rally to Support Whistle-blower Edward Snowden

Pirates Rally to Support Whistle-blower Edward Snowden

After a report published in the Guardian last Wednesday (5 June 2013), people around the world found out about a secret surveillance scheme. The scandal that emerged was that US National Security Agency routinely collect people’s data through secret surveillance, through access to major US web companies engaged in social media, search and other  activities. The weekend after this was made public Edward Snowden revealed he was the source of the leak and explained why he did it. In a video interview Edward simply stated that he did not want to live in a world where everything he does or says is recorded. US foes, allies and even its own citizens are now the victims of an espionage network that spans the globe and from whom no one is safe.

“You are not even aware of what is possible. The extent of their capabilities is horrifying. We can plant bugs in machines. Once you go on the network, I can identify your machine. You will never be safe whatever protections you put in place.”

“We do have the tools and I have maps showing where people have been scrutinised most. We collect more digital communications from America than we do from the Russians.”

Now the world’s citizens know for a fact what was previously only suspected, the exact thing that Pirates and other activists have been warning  people about for years.  The government is recording what you do, what you say and to whom you say it. The data goes back years many years which makes it easy to get to someone if there is a desire. With this revelation we can make comparisons with the East German Stasi, who held detailed records on citizens who had been informed on by family and friends.

“Whenever we had a debate in the office on how to handle crimes, they do not defend due process – they defend decisive action. They say it is better to kick someone out of a plane than let these people have a day in court. It is an authoritarian mindset in general.”

Snowden fled to Hong Kong before revealing his role in the leak as the Chinese have more respect for free speech than the USA . He also mentioned he might try to seek asylum in Iceland.

“My predisposition is to seek asylum in a country with shared values. The nation that most encompasses this is Iceland. They stood up for people over internet freedom.”

Smàri McCarthy, Birgitta Jónsdótir and their team at the International Modern Media Initiative immediately released a statement in which they offered to “assist and advise Mr. Snowden to the greatest of our ability.”  They want to investigate the security implications as Iceland may not be the best location possible. Remember that Iceland re-elected the government that allowed the financial system to bankrupt the country.

Following quickly on the heels of the Icelanders the Pirate Parties of Austria and Luxembourg quickly demanded that their governments offer asylum to Edward Snowden and other Pirate Parties are getting prepared to follow suit. We are expecting to see more Pirate Parties calling on their respective governments to offer asylum to Snowden and to call on the US government to free the other whistle-blowers and hackers that it has in custody such as Bradley Manning, Jeremy Hammond and many more activists persecuted by the US government under Barack Obama.

 

Featured image:  composed from work by ElectronicFrontierFoundation and Truthout.org CC BY-NC-SA

 

This  Aricle has been edited to remove an unsupported claim. (AR)

 

Andrew Reitemeyer

About Andrew Reitemeyer

I joined the Pirate Party of Lower Saxony in Germany in April 2012, once I found out that non citizens were welcome to join and become active members of the Party. I joined the Pirate Times soon after it was started as a proof reader and am now an editor and author. Since then I have returned to my native New Zealand and joined the Pirate Party of New Zealand. Politically I come from the libertarian left and have, up to now, not regarded any political party as having a solution for the democratic deficit that envelops the world. With the advent of the Pirate Party, which truly embraces grass roots democracy, I have found a political home. The Pirate Times is a way I can contribute to furthering the Pirate Movement around the world. Skype: frithogar

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