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European Parliament Demands an End to Persecution of Snowden

Date: 29 October 2015

“By 285 votes to 281, MEPs decided to call on EU member states to drop any criminal charges against Edward Snowden”

The resolution calling on the EU member states to drop any criminal charges against Edward Snowden was adopted Thursday by a majority of votes.

The European Parliament adopted a resolution Thursday, calling the EU states to end any persecution of whistleblower Edward Snowden and give him protection.

“By 285 votes to 281, MEPs decided to call on EU member states to drop any criminal charges against Edward Snowden, grant him protection and consequently prevent extradition or rendition by third parties, in recognition of his status as whistle-blower and international human rights defender,” the press service said in a statement.

In the same resolution, the EU parliament raises concerns about surveillance laws in several EU countries.

Snowden, a former US National Security Agency (NSA) contractor, released in 2013 a trove of classified documents detailing bulk US intelligence data collection in the United States, Europe and many other targets around the world.

Snowden was granted temporary asylum in Russia in August 2013, before receiving a three-year residency permit from the country the following year.

In the United States, he may face up to 30 years in prison on espionage charges for his revelations of the depth of illegal surveillance activities by the US intelligence community.

KimDotCom will replace the Internet to squelch surveillance

Kim DotCom tells Max Keiser how the Snowden leaks led govt’s around the world to an arms race to gain NSA’s capabilites for mass surveillance and how he’s going to stop that with by replacing the Internet with entirely encrypted & crowdfunded MegaNet, at a crypto-currency crowdfunding event in Hoxton, London.

Customs wants power to demand passwords

Source: Wake Up NZ Also on the NZ Ecoliberty site
Date: April 14, 2014

In the latest push towards a big brother state, the New Zealand Customs is requesting the power to demand traveler’s laptop and smartphone passwords without a warrant while going through border security. The suggested punishment for not complying? 3 months imprisonment.

The reasoning behind such an invasive law change is to help in the detection of objectionable material, evidence of offending, evidence of links to terrorism or to confirm travel plans. Currently under the Customs and Excise Act, Customs have the power to access smartphones and laptops only after getting a warrant, while under normal circumstances travelers are not legally obliged to provide a password or encryption key. Continue reading Customs wants power to demand passwords

GCSB committing crimes against whole countries – Greens

NZ Stuff
5 March 2015
Aimee Gulliver and Michael Field

The Government’s spy agency has been committing crimes against entire nations in its mass surveillance in the Pacific, Greens co-leader Dr Russel Norman says.

Investigative journalist Nicky Hager today said a series of documents leaked to him by the fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden showed New Zealand was spying on its Pacific neighbours to serve American interests and secure its place in a US-led “club”.

Hager has collaborated with news site The Intercept, and newspapers the Sunday Star-Times, the New Zealand Herald, and the Herald on Sunday, to publish stories based on files taken by Snowden from the United States National Security Agency (NSA).

According to Hager, the documents show the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) has been spying on Pacific countries including the Solomon Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Tonga, Vanuatu, Nauru and Samoa. They also show that in 2009, spying activity was ramped up to “full-take collection” where all communications from the region were “being hoovered in” by the GCSB. Continue reading GCSB committing crimes against whole countries – Greens

NZ’s part in spy network exposed

NZ Herald
04 March 2015
By David Fisher

Edward Snowden

New Zealand’s role in the vast United States spy network is about to be revealed, giving an unprecedented insight into the workings of our intelligence agencies.

The Herald – with investigative journalist Nicky Hager – is working on stories based on files from the United States National Security Agency (NSA), taken by whistleblower Edward Snowden in the biggest intelligence breach in history. Continue reading NZ’s part in spy network exposed

Edward Snowden speaks to Toronto students, urges caution on new terror bill

Yahoo Canada
February 3, 2015
By Adam Miller, The Canadian Press

CBC/Channel 4/CBC – Details of a classified NSA spreadsheet, leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden, indicate that the FBI monitored the email accounts of five prominent Muslim-Americans. The leak was published by journalist Glenn Greenwald late Tuesday.

TORONTO – Former U.S. intelligence contractor turned whistleblower Edward Snowden says citizens of the world, including Canadians, should be “extraordinarily cautious” when their governments try to pass new laws under the guise of an increased threat of terrorism.

Legislation tabled last Friday would give the Canadian Security Intelligence Service powers to actively disrupt threats, not just collect information about them. Continue reading Edward Snowden speaks to Toronto students, urges caution on new terror bill

NSA develops cyber weapons, ‘attacker mindset’ for domination in digital war – Snowden leaks

17 January 2015

Mass surveillance by the NSA was apparently just the beginning. The agency is now preparing for future wars in cyberspace, in which control over the internet and rival networks will be the key to victory, documents leaked by Edward Snowden reveal.

The National Security Agency’s aim is to be able to use the web to paralyze the enemy’s computer networks and all infrastructures they control – including power and water supplies, factories, airports, and banking systems, Der Spiegel magazine wrote after viewing the secret files. Continue reading NSA develops cyber weapons, ‘attacker mindset’ for domination in digital war – Snowden leaks

New Zealand Cops Raided Home of Reporter Working on Snowden Documents

16 October 2014

Apparently, the New Zealand government is not a huge fan of press freedom. The national police force recently raided and ransacked the home of Nicky Hager, an independent journalist who has been a thorn in the current leadership’s side for some time now.

In August, one month before New Zealand’s national election, Hager published Dirty Politics, which showed that key figures in Prime Minister John Key’s National Party were feeding derogatory information about their opponents to a virulent right-wing blogger named Cameron Slater. Hager published evidence in the form of incriminating emails, provided by a hacker, demonstrating coordination between National Party officials and Slater. The ensuing scandal forced the resignation of a top Key ally, Justice Minister Judith Collins, and implicated numerous other National Party officials and supporters. Despite the scandal, the National Party won a resounding victory in the election, sending Key to a third term as prime minister.

And then, once safely back in power, the government wasted little time:

On October 2—less than two weeks after the election—detectives from a regional “major crime team” came to Hager’s Wellington home armed with a search warrant authorizing them to seize anything that might lead them to the identity of his source for Dirty Politics. The warrant shows that prior to the raid, a police “intelligence analyst” had studied Hager’s media appearances in an effort to discover information about his sources for the book, taking particular note of references Hager made to knowing the source’s identity.

Over at The Intercept, Glenn Greenwald and Ryan Gallagher note that Hager was also working with them on some Snowden documents as they concerned what was happening in New Zealand. As you may recall, right before the election, Greenwald had used some Snowden documents to show that Prime Minister Key had lied about mass surveillance — leading Key to petulantly lash out with ad hominems at Greenwald, referring to him as a “loser.” Greenwald made it clear that they would likely be revealing more about New Zealand’s activities — and now wonders if that might be another reason why Hager was raided, once the government figured out who Greenwald was working with.

Either way, the search seems quite excessive and seriously raises questions about New Zealand’s respect for the freedom of the press:

Once they entered the property, detectives spent ten hours sifting through Hager and his family’s personal effects, making copies of any USB storage devices they found and seizing Hager’s computer, personal documents, a camera, a dictaphone, CDs, and dozens of other items—not to mention his daughter’s laptop, cellphones, and iPod.

The whole thing seems fairly crazy, and clearly done to intimidate Hager and others for daring to actually call out the government’s bad behavior. These are the kinds of actions that we’re supposed to believe no longer happen in modern democracies, but they seem to be happening on an increasingly frequent basis.

GCHQ more dangerous to privacy than NSA – Snowden

13 October 2014

General view of atmosphre at Edward Snowden Interviewed by Jane Mayer at the MasterCard stage at SVA Theatre during The New Yorker Festival 2014 on October 11, 2014 in New York City (AFP Photo)

Edward Snowden has warned that Britain’s GCHQ spy agency is a bigger threat to privacy than the NSA, as it uses illegally collected information in criminal prosecutions and, unlike in the US, has relatively few constitutional checks on its activities.

Speaking by Skype video linkup to a London festival, Snowden also emphasized why it shouldn’t be up to the citizen to justify why they need a right to privacy – something that forms the core of his beliefs and decision to go against the law.

In an answer to a question at the event, a central London ‘Observer Ideas’ festival organized by The Guardian, Snowden said that the GCHQ uses “unlawfully collected information to pursue criminal prosecutions…to share with other countries, where they will use foreign intelligence powers to gather information that’s then used for law enforcement purposes – and this is very dangerous.” Continue reading GCHQ more dangerous to privacy than NSA – Snowden

Glenn Greenwald: Why Privacy Matters

Glenn Greenwald was one of the first reporters to see — and write about — the Edward Snowden files, with their revelations about the United States’ extensive surveillance of private citizens. In this searing talk, Greenwald makes the case for why you need to care about privacy, even if you’re “not doing anything you need to hide.”

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