Thanks to courageous whistleblowers, we have been learning about U.S. and German cooperation in mass surveillance and drone killings.
Click here to join World Beyond War and RootsAction.org in telling both governments to end these policies.
The petition you sign will be presented in Berlin by Daniel Ellsberg, Thomas Drake, Coleen Rowley, Jesselyn Radack, and Norman Solomon on the final day of the June 1-7 Stand Up For Truth international week of actions in support of whistleblowers.
As facts have come out, the chief governmental response has been retribution against the whistleblowers and media outlets, including the Associated Press.
But courts have finally begun to push back, striking down some of the illegal bulk data collection, and hearing a case challenging Germany’s participation in drone wars.
Click here to tell the U.S. and Germany to end the mass surveillance of people, in violation of our basic rights, and to end the practice of blowing people up with missiles from drones.
A parliamentary inquiry in Berlin is exposing a decade-long criminal collaboration by U.S. and German spy agencies, spying on other governments, even as the U.S. has spied on Germany as well. Germany is drastically reducing its cooperation with the NSA, pending investigation into the scandal.
Documents have also emerged which show the satellite relay station at the U.S. military base in Ramstein, Germany serves as “the high-tech heart of America’s drone program,” facilitating Reaper and Predator strikes in the Middle East, Afghanistan, and Africa. A lawsuit argues that it is illegal for the German government to allow the Ramstein base to be used for drone murders abroad, especially after the passage of a 2014 resolution in the European Parliament urging European nations to “oppose and ban the practice of extrajudicial targeted killings” and to “ensure that Member States, in conformity with their legal obligations, do not perpetrate unlawful targeted killings or facilitate such killings by other states.”
Drone wars and mass surveillance have been counterproductive for their announced goals as well as immoral and illegal.
Click here to let the U.S. and German governments know what you think.
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If you’re near Washington, D.C. or New York City on May 26th, join the demonstrations planned there.
If you’re in England, Norway, Sweden, or Germany, take part in these events in June.
If you’re anywhere else, you can still Stand Up For Truth.
— The World Beyond War team.
1. Huffington Post, “AP CEO Gary Pruitt: DOJ Surveillance Broke Rules, Caused Chilling Effect”
2. Guardian: “Of Snowden and the NSA, only one has acted unlawfully – and it’s not Snowden”
3. Guardian: ”Airbus could sue following allegations Germany spied on them for the US”; “German loophole allows BND spy agency to snoop on own people” and “German secret service BND reduces cooperation with NSA”
4. Intercept: “Germany is the Tell-Tale Heart of America’s Drone War” by Jeremy Scahill
5. LobeLog Foreign Policy, “How Assassination Sold Drugs and Promoted Terrorism” and The Intercept, “U.S. Government Designated Prominent Al Jazeera Journalist as “Member of Al Qaeda” and WarIsACrime.org, “Even the Warriors Say the Wars Make Us Less Safe.”
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