International Community: American Hypocrites Should Restore Constitution, Champion Human Rights At Home And Abroad

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It’s not just Americans who are concerned about the U.S. government’s secret spying programs. An international coalition of nonprofit organizations focused on civil liberties abuses sent a letter to Congress Tuesday urging lawmakers to protect the privacy of U.S. citizens, as well as those of people everywhere.

The coalition also expressed concern over information-sharing between U.S. authorities and the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Canada, Belgium and New Zealand.

Chiding the Federal government for failing to uphold the principals and documents upon which America was founded, the letter points out the hypocrisy in championing human rights on the world stage and simultaneously spying on its own citizens and non-citizens at home and abroad:

The contradiction between the persistent affirmation of human rights online by the US government and the recent allegations of what appears to be mass surveillance of US and non-US citizens by that same government is very disturbing and carries negative repercussions on the global stage. A blatant and systematic disregard for the human rights articulated in Articles 17 and 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to which the United States is signatory, as well as Articles 12 and 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is suggested. Bearing in mind that the US must engage in a long overdue discussion about how to update and modernize its policy to align with its own founding documents and principles, what happens next in legislative and Executive Branch oversight in the US will have huge and irreversible consequences for the promotion and protection of the human rights of people around the world.

The group concludes that the only way for the U.S. government to reconcile the contradiction on the global scale is dismantling its surveillance initiatives involving widespread Internet and telecommunications data collection, protecting whistle-blowers at home and creating a watchdog group to ensure a healthy balance between privacy and protection:

We therefore urge the Obama administration and the United States Congress to take immediate action to dismantle existing, and prevent the creation of future, global Internet and telecommunications based surveillance systems. We additionally urge the US Administration, the FBI and the Attorney General to allow involved or affected companies to publish statistics of past and future Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) requests they have received or may receive. We further call on the US Congress to establish protections for government whistleblowers in order to better ensure that the public is adequately informed about abuses of power that violate the fundamental human rights of the citizens of all countries, US and other. We also join Humans Rights Watch in urging the creation of an independent panel with subpoena power and all necessary security clearances to examine current practices and to make recommendations to ensure appropriate protections for the rights to privacy, free expression, and association. The results of this panel should be broadly published.

Among the 50 organizations involved in sending the letter are: the Electronic Frontier Foundation, European Digital Rights, Association For Progressive Communications, Access Now, WebWeWant Foundation, Center for Technology and Society and Thai Netizen Network.

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  • http://batman-news.com samurai

    As soon as we get rid of the 5th columners in our great nation, we can do it. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY! 하나님하고 나라를 위해서!
    You need both love of country and faith in GOD to be a patriot.

  • Onegaishimasu

    The Congress and villans running this country might listen to world wide pressure…maybe they can shame them into doing the right thing.

  • village idiot

    Everyone on this planet is missing the point here. Obama is so smug and arrogant because he has been placed in a position as potus by the ones who pull the strings and as long as he behaves and does what he is told he is assured of being totally secure in that position. He has neither the will, knowledge or skill to operate as potus, but it matters not. He is an ideal figure head and any criticism levelled at him is automatically racist and has nothing to with his downright incompetence. Those in charge know that and are laughing as they and their figure head bring disgrace and misfortune to the American people. All they need to do is remove three quarters of the population on the planet, place the majority of what is left under their military control as slaves and the entitled will live very comfortably indeed. Welcome to slavery and remember to bow to the king. Not this idiot, they will have to drone me!
    For those who wonder if I am an activist, let me assure them that I am. Totally disrespectful of all who govern and make war on innocent women and children. Their rhetoric and explanations for their ill mannered deeds against humanity are totally unacceptable, for they are so used to lying, it is impossible for them to utter any truth. Thugs and human trash rules our planet and the planet will take its revenge.

  • dan

    I think the ones most concerned with privacy/secrecy is the CIA….
    we now KNOW WHAT THEY’RE DOING….bwahahaha!

    …we also know what the ‘secret’ cabals are planning….the lying liars can lie,
    but now we’ll know what they’re REALLY up to