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  •  The Guardian article notes that (24+ / 0-)
    Tuesday's statement is being launched simultaneously in 27 countries, and organisers hope members of the public will now sign up through the change.org website.
    Noting the importance of Edward Snowden's revelations, the Guardian reports that one of the signatories, Jeanette Winterston, regards him as a "brave and selfless human being."
    "We should be supporting him in trying to determine the extent of the state in our lives. We have had no debate, no vote, no say, hardly any information about how our data is used and for what purpose. Our mobile phones have become tracking devices. Social networking is data profiling. We can't shop, spend, browse, email, without being monitored. We might as well be tagged prisoners. Privacy is an illusion. Do you mind about that? I do."
    The Guardian also quotes a member of English Pen:
    "International moral pressure is what's needed to ensure politicians address the mass invasion of our privacy by the intelligence services in the UK and US," said Jo Glanville, from English Pen, which along with its sister organisations around the world has supported the Writers Against Mass Surveillance campaign. "The signatories to the appeal are a measure of the level of outrage and concern."
    According to the Guardian, some of the signatories include Margaret Atwood, Don DeLillo, Orhan Pamuk, Günter Grass and Arundhati Roy, Hanif Kureishi, Björk, Arundhati Roy, Don DeLillo, Ian McEwan, Tom Stoppard, Martin Amis, Julian Barnes, Ian McEwan, Irvine Welsh, Hari Kunzru, Jeanette Winterson, Kazuo Ishiguro, JM Coetzee, Yann Martel, Ariel Dorfman, Amit Chaudhuri, Roddy Doyle, Amos Oz, David Grossman, Mikhail Shishkin, Henning Mankell, Lionel Shriver, Hanif Kureishi, CK Stead, Thomas Keneally and Anna Funder. http://www.theguardian.com/...

    The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right. -- Judge Learned Hand, May 21, 1944

    by ybruti on Tue Dec 10, 2013 at 03:34:09 AM PST

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