representatives and CEOs must be held accountable by the global
community to end the NSA's unwarranted intrusion into our private
lives. To accomplish this, we must first change public opinion around
the world. Grassroots pressure must be applied to lawmakers and the
corporations responsible for the communications infrastructures
utilized by the NSA to carry out their illegal and immoral
Our consensus addresses
policymakers in corporate boardrooms and our representatives in
government. We demand an end to our communications infrastructures
being utilized to subvert our human rights in our communities by the
NSA or any other governmental or corporate entity acting in collusion
with the United States government in collecting our private phone
records and Internet data.
When this consensus reaches 1 million signatures, the petition signatures will be made available for anyone to make use of in their campaigns. Copies will also be sent to major and independent media organizations for publication.
In June 2013 former NSA contractor and
whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed to the world the NSA's global
surveillance apparatus responsible for secretly collecting and
storing unprecedented amounts of data liken to "one Library of
Congress every 14.4 seconds" from the global pool of our
telephone records and Internet activity. According to the Washington
Post , "Each year, NSA systems collected hundreds of
millions of e-mail
address books, hundreds of billions of cellphone location
records and trillions of domestic call logs, collecting and
storing many trillions of our everyday communications, including our
phone calls and Internet activity."
NSA spying violates many national constitutions and the UN Charter
NSA domestic spying in the United States clearly violates the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States: "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."
Ironically, NSA and other government
personnel involved in domestic spying programs violate their oaths to
defend the US Constitution on a daily basis.
represents nothing less than a blatant assault on our human rights as
recognized in Article 12 in the UN Charter's Universal Declaration of
Human Rights: “No one shall be subjected to arbitrary
interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to
attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the
protection of the law against such interference or attacks.”
The United States is a UN Charter signer.
There are many of
us who need no government documents to justify our outrage at an
agency that illegally cultivates the privacy of tens of millions of
people like a cheap commodity. Just as we know it would be morally
reprehensible to sift through our own neighbors' telephone and
Internet records, we know that any government or corporate agency
involved in such undemocratic practices represent an irrefutable
threat to the tranquility of the communities in which we live.
By signing this global consensus, you
are condemning NSA spying in all of our communities. You are
contributing to a global raising of the hands demanding corporate and
government accountability in bringing an end to the NSA's Orwellian
and tyrannous intrusions into our communities and into our lives.