Introduction

Our government 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 operations.

Goal

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.

Background

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.

NSA spying 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.

Conclusion

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.

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