OccupyForum presents . . . September 11th, Mass Surveillance, and Edward Snowden’s Revelations

Note: Starts at 6:45 pm

OccupyForum presents…

Monday, September 11th, 2017 from 6:45 – 9 pm at the Black and Brown Social Club

474 Valencia between 15th and 16th Street near 16th Street BART

Information, discussion & community! Monday Night Forum!!

OccupyForum is an opportunity for open and respectful dialogue

on all sides of these critically important issues! 

September 11th, Mass Surveillance,

and Edward Snowden’s Revelations

Join us at OccupyForum for films Citizen4 and/or Snowden

Edward Joseph Snowden is an American computer professional, former Central Intelligence Agency employee, and former contractor for the United States government who copied and leaked classified information from the National Security Agency (NSA) in 2013 without authorization. His disclosures revealed numerous global surveillanceprograms, many run by the NSA and the Five Eyes Intelligence Alliance with the cooperation of telecommunication companies and European governments. The massive extent of the NSA’s spying, both foreign and domestic, was revealed to the public in a series of detailed disclosures of internal NSA documents beginning in June 2013. Most of the disclosures were leaked by Snowden.

On May 20, 2013, Snowden flew to Hong Kong after leaving his job at an NSA facility in Hawaii, and revealed thousands of classified NSA documents to journalists Glenn GreenwaldLaura Poitras, and Ewen MacAskill. Snowden came to international attention after stories based on the material appeared in The Guardian and The Washington Post. Further disclosures were made by other publications including Der Spiegel and The New York Times. Snowden’s identity was made public by The Guardian at his request on June 9, 2013. He explained: “I have no intention of hiding who I am because I know I have done nothing wrong.” He added that by revealing his identity he hoped to protect his colleagues from being subjected to a hunt to determine who had been responsible for the leaks. Snowden has said that in the past, whistleblowers had been “destroyed by the experience,” and that he wanted to “embolden others to step forward” by demonstrating that “they can win.”

Concerning the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the ensuing hyper-surveillance of the American populace, Snowden said,

“What the 9/11 Commission found, in the post-mortem, when they looked at all of the classified intelligence from all of the different intelligence agencies, was that we had all of the information we needed as an intelligence community, as a classified sector, as the national defense of the United States to detect this plot. We actually had records of the phone calls from the United States and out. The CIA knew who these guys were. The problem was not that we weren’t collecting information, it wasn’t that we didn’t have enough dots, it wasn’t that we didn’t have a haystack, it was that we did not understand the haystack that we had.”

It’s disingenuous for the government to …exploit the national trauma that we all suffered together…  to justify programs that have never been shown to keep us safe, but cost us liberties and freedoms that we don’t need to give up and our Constitution says we don’t need to give up.”

A subject of controversy, Snowden has been variously called a hero, a whistleblower, a dissident, a traitor and a patriot. His disclosures have fueled debates over mass surveillancegovernment secrecy, and the balance between national security and information privacy.

Time will be allotted for discussion and announcements.

Donations to Occupy Forum to cover costs are encouraged; no one turned away!

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION… (from Wikipedia) (sorry, unedited at this time! Ruthie)


The U.S. government has aggressively sought to dismiss and challenge Fourth Amendment cases raised against it, and has granted retroactive immunity to ISPs and telecoms participating in domestic surveillance. The U.S. military has acknowledged blocking access to parts of The Guardian website for thousands of defense personnel across the country, and blocking the entire Guardianwebsite for personnel stationed throughout Afghanistan, the Middle East, and South Asia.

An October 2014 United Nations report condemned mass surveillance by the United States and other countries as violating multiple international treaties and conventions, that guarantee core privacy rights.

The next major piece of apparatus coming online soon is the Utah Data Center, also known as The Intelligence Community Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative Data Center. Estimates on its capacity vary, but it is suspected to be in the yottabyte range. It has the capacity to store forever every bit of signal intelligence, (email, fax, video, voice, chat and more), ever collected, anywhere in the world. It is also to be used for decryption of all enciphered content on the Internet. At least three other large facilities are in the process of being built. Such bulk collection of “metadata” is not limited to call logs; all parcels, postcards, and envelopes of mail have been photographed and the images stored.

The gap in the data on US persons is filled by an intelligence sharing agreement known as the Five Eyes Alliance, consisting of the US, Canada, UK, Australia, and New Zealand. Member countries in this agreement pass data to one another. Thereby bypassing the Fourth Amendment as well as any local laws forbidding domestic data collection within the other member countries. The UK’s project Tempora collects data from over 200 fiber-optic communications cables. The entire contents of which (phone calls, email, chat, etc.) are stored for a period of 3 days, and the metadata for another 30. Its capabilities are continuously expanding. To quote Lt. General Alexander of the NSA, “Why can’t we collect all the signals, all the time?” (In addition to the Five Eyes Alliance, treaties and intelligence agreements with other countries and with corporations as well.) The NSA partnered with Brazilian companies to enable bulk spying on the Brazilian citizenry. An investigation has just begun to determine whether the Brazilian government knew about or gave permission for this; it is presumed not.

And these laws do have grave consequences. A person could be placed on a Terror Watch List without having any idea how they got on it, or any ability to challenge it. This places severe limits on a person’s freedom of movement, and even future employment prospects. Beyond the laws we have dangerous policies, indefinite detention without charge, years languishing in jail awaiting trial, “enhanced interrogation”, “extraordinary rendition,” be declared an “enemy combatant,” or even the possibility of being murdered by drone aircraft.

Global surveillance disclosures

Main article: Global surveillance disclosures (2013–present)

“I didn’t want to change society. I wanted to give society a chance to determine if it should change itself. All I wanted was for the public to be able to have a say in how they are governed.”– Edward Snowden

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