RSN Fundraising Banner
FB Share
Email This Page
add comment

Kolhatkar writes: "The United States' vast and indiscriminate worldwide surveillance of ordinary people and heads of state has no historical precedent. Now countries around the world are fighting back using the United Nations as a vehicle for change."

(photo: unknown)
(photo: unknown)

World Fights Back Against the Biggest Brother in History

By Sonali Kolhatkar, Truthdig

29 November 13


he United States' vast and indiscriminate worldwide surveillance of ordinary people and heads of state has no historical precedent. Now countries around the world are fighting back using the United Nations as a vehicle for change. In a move that received little media coverage in the U.S., a United Nations committee approved without a vote a draft resolution entitled "The Right to Privacy in a Digital Age." The nonbinding resolution, which will now head to the General Assembly where it has broad support, follows from a report published in June by the United Nations Human Rights Council. It detailed the negative impact of state surveillance on free expression and human rights and lamented that technology has outpaced legislation.

The remarkable U.N. draft resolution affirms privacy as a human right, on par with other globally recognized civil and political rights. Several leading advocacy groups, including Access Now, Amnesty International, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Human Rights Watch and Privacy International, signed an open letter to the U.N. General Assembly backing the resolution. The letter stresses the "importance of protecting privacy and free expression in the face of technological advancements and encroaching State power."

Carly Nyst, the head of international advocacy at Privacy International, told me, "This resolution could not be more important. At the moment we're seeing serious threats to the protection of the right to privacy in the form of [National Security Agency] spying but also in the form of other surveillance practices that are taking place across the world. We think that voting in favor of this resolution is a really important stand for states to take so that they will no longer stand for global surveillance practices undertaken by the U.S. and others. This is a pivotal moment."

Continue Reading: Sonali Kolhatkar | World Fights Back Against the Biggest Brother in History your social media marketing partner


A note of caution regarding our comment sections:

For months a stream of media reports have warned of coordinated propaganda efforts targeting political websites based in the U.S., particularly in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.

We too were alarmed at the patterns we were, and still are, seeing. It is clear that the provocateurs are far more savvy, disciplined, and purposeful than anything we have ever experienced before.

It is also clear that we still have elements of the same activity in our article discussion forums at this time.

We have hosted and encouraged reader expression since the turn of the century. The comments of our readers are the most vibrant, best-used interactive feature at Reader Supported News. Accordingly, we are strongly resistant to interrupting those services.

It is, however, important to note that in all likelihood hardened operatives are attempting to shape the dialog our community seeks to engage in.

Adapt and overcome.

Marc Ash
Founder, Reader Supported News

+18 # luvdoc 2013-11-29 22:57
The blowback against the U.S. increases in typhoon intensity. The faux powerful, but impotent, old men running our country....thos e with cancer of the spirit... their time will pass because, ultimately, only equality works. luvdoc
+16 # Activista 2013-11-30 01:46
The most damaging of all the Snowden revelations was the news that in March 2009—two months after President Obama took office—the NSA agreed to provide all this intelligence data to a foreign country: Israel. As a Sept. 11 Guardian article described it: ”Details of the intelligence-sh aring agreement are laid out in a memorandum of understanding between the NSA and its Israeli counterpart that shows the U.S. government handed over intercepted communications likely to contain phone calls and e-mails of American citizens. The agreement places no legally binding limits on the use of the data by the Israelis.”
much more scary than I thought ... read and comment on the link above
+11 # Glen 2013-11-30 05:37
As one of two most hated countries in the world, we citizens are no doubt, once again going to have to travel lightly if not carefully. Resentment against this government and its agencies will blanket citizens as well.

The warning went out some time ago but few understood technology or the desires of the powerful. War, in new forms, is now inevitable.
+4 # barbaratodish 2013-11-30 10:34
How can someone emerge into the DEFENSIVENESS OF an emotion (privacy) when they are hardly surviving due to the constructed, strutured poverty and "warehousing" that takes place due to the imperialism, elitism of our modernity without consciousness? How can those who are experiencing life and death issues like wars, famine, extreme abuse, etc., even consider rights when post modern imperialism and UNism all over the world, denies even the existence of subalternity and forces them to exist invisibly by any means possible?
+2 # stellarstylee 2013-11-30 20:54
"no historical precedent"
great! something else we're #1 in.

THE NEW STREAMLINED RSN LOGIN PROCESS: Register once, then login and you are ready to comment. All you need is a Username and a Password of your choosing and you are free to comment whenever you like! Welcome to the Reader Supported News community.