Democracy is premised on the notion that the government operates with the consent of the people, and its authority derives from the people, and its operations serve the people as the people democratically define their interests. Today, government targets the people as 'adversaries.' -- Carl Messineo interviewed on 'A Deeper Look' (KBOO radio)
A free-speech advocacy group wants to show its appreciation to Edward Snowden, the former U.S. intelligence contractor who publicly disclosed secret surveillance programs run by the National Security Agency.
We recognize and the people across the US recognize that Edward Snowden is an American hero and a hero to democracy worldwide.
The Obama administration decided to declassify many of the documents and release them as part of an effort to counter the demands for change and the wave of public indignation since whistleblower Ed Snowden revealed that the federal government was engaged in a vast spying program targeting the American people and the people of the world.