Public Meetings: Oppose Britain’s surveillance state!
Edward Snowden has exposed mass illegal surveillance programmes run by American, British and European governments—the machinery of a police state.
The former security contractor has confirmed that every email, phone call, Skype conversation and credit card purchase is accessible to America’s National Security Agency (NSA) and Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ,). Snowden is a heroic figure, driven by his revulsion at the scale of criminality within the state apparatus. For this he has been treated as a criminal, forced into exile in Moscow. Others suffer the same fate and worse. The Obama administration has secured a 35‐year jail sentence for Chelsea (Bradley) Manning, who leaked classified documents to WikiLeaks exposing warcrimes. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange remains confined to London’s Ecuadorian embassy.
The British government has launched an unprecedented attack on the Guardian newspaper, accusing journalists of “treason” after raiding its offices. David Miranda, the partner of journalist Glenn Greenwald, was detained on trumpedup terrorism charges at Heathrow airport without a shred of evidence.
The International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) are seeking to mobilise a mass movement in opposition to these attacks and in defence of fundamental democratic rights on the basis of a socialist struggle against the ruling class and its political defenders. Attend the public meeting in your area.
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