Defend Edward Snowden! Defend democratic rights!

Democratic rights, the working class and socialism

The World Socialist Web Site and the Socialist Equality Party call on all workers, students and youth within the United States and internationally to come to the defense of Edward Snowden.

Snowden is the target of a massive government witch-hunt organized in response to his courageous exposure of secret and illegal surveillance programs targeting millions of people in the US and around the world. His defense is a matter of the greatest urgency.

Since he was granted asylum in Russia, their have been predictable denunciations and threats of reprisal from US officials. Snowden has become an international symbol of resistance to the all-pervasive surveillance state that has been established by the United States and other capitalist governments. As such, he is a source of enormous frustration and hatred within the US military-intelligence complex, the corporate-financial oligarchy, and their political front men in the government.

Support must be built up in work places, at colleges and schools, and in working class neighborhoods. The defense of Snowden, Bradley Manning, Julian Assange and other targets of the US government must become the spearhead for the development of a mass movement in defense of democratic rights.

The fight for democratic rights is inseparable from the development of a political movement of the American and international working class against the capitalist system, the source of war, social inequality and the drive toward dictatorship.

No time can be lost. Contact the Socialist Equality Party and become involved in the fight to defend Edward Snowden. Fill out the form below or contact us by:

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Featured coverage of Edward Snowden on the WSWS

Hands off Edward Snowden! (PDF)
The international bullying and gangsterism of the Obama administration have made the most eloquent case for Edward Snowden’s unconditional right to asylum.
* Defend Edward Snowden! (PDF)
* Obama, the secrets of the state, and the persecution of Edward Snowden
* Democratic rights are at stake in fight to defend Edward Snowden

The detention of David Miranda and the “war on terror”
The detention and interrogation of the partner of Glenn Greenwald makes clear that the build-up of police powers since 9/11 has been directed not against terrorism, but against political opposition to the reactionary policies of the ruling class.
* Miranda’s detention & the raid on Britain’s Guardian newspaper
* Detention of Greenwald’s partner approved at the highest levels
* Outcry over detention of Glenn Greenwald’s partner
* Guardian editor says newspaper forced to destroy hard drives

The American “left” and Edward Snowden
The American “left” exposes its contempt for democratic rights in its coverage of the Snowden revelations and the response of the Obama administration.
* Friedman of the Times demands Edward Snowden turn himself in
* Professor Geoffrey R. Stone, liberal advocate of a police state
* The US media and the case of Edward Snowden
* The Guardian and Edward Snowden

US Congress defends the methods of a police state
The vote to block even limited restrictions on wholesale domestic spying on the American people exposes the US Congress as a rubber stamp for a police state.
* New revelations expose fraud of oversight of NSA spying
* Secret FISA Court redefines law to justify illegal spying operations

The intelligence-industrial complex
The American government and intelligence agencies are working closely with giant telecommunications and technology companies to violate the democratic rights of the population.
* Microsoft conspires with the NSA in spying on its users
* Australia: Telstra facilitates US electronic spying

Infrastructure of a police state
The National Security Agency has built up a vast apparatus of telecommunications interception, computer storage and data processing directed against the American people.
* The infrastructure of a police state emerges in Europe
* European Union seeks drone and spy satellite network
* US DEA conceals use of NSA mass surveillance programs
* US government scanning, storing billions of pieces of mail per year
* US government using license plates to track movements of millions

Journalists, artists, academics for the defense of Edward Snowden
Numerous journalists, artists and academics speaking out publicly in defense of Edward Snowden.
* Australian film directors defend Edward Snowden
* Sri Lankan dramatist defends Edward Snowden
* Paul Cox denounces US-led manhunt of Edward Snowden
* Terry Hicks defends whistleblower Edward Snowden

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