Protests against NSA spying have reached all the way to the home of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi’s big campaign fundraiser.
And this time, the protests are coming from professed democrats–a notable departure from the silence and inaction of the democratic machine as the Obama Administration’s NSA spying scandal ripples across the globe.
Over 70 people picketed Saturday afternoon outside of the Belvedere, California home where congressman Jared Huffman was throwing a big fundraising bash for Pelosi. The fundraiser took place just hours after Pelosi forcefully defended the NSA’s warrantless spying programs and denounced NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden as a ‘criminal’ at a NetRoots Nation conference in San Jose, California. Her statement at the conference had been met with loud boos and heckles from the crowd.
The boisterous picket in this wealthy neighborhood–organized by the Coalition for Grassroots Progress, an organization of progressive democrats–featured colorful signs declaring “One nation under surveillance” and denouncing ‘big brother.’
“The question I think we need to ask ourselves, in light of these new revelations, is how much longer can we afford to bankrupt ourselves morally and financially in the name of security?” Caroline Banuelos–president of the Sonoma County Latino Democratic Club–told the Marin Independent Journal. “Do we really feel safer by allowing our representatives to take away our civil liberties?”
“I’m pleased there is this groundswell,” declared former congressional candidate Normon Solomon. “We’re just getting started and we’re not going to let this subside.”
Civil liberties advocates have blasted the democratic party for standing idly by as the NSA spying scandal stokes ire across the world, criticisms that also extend to Democratic party-tied organizations like MoveOn.org that do not have much to say about a scandal seizing international headlines.
A recent poll by Pew Research Center shows that democrats have flipped on civil liberties violations under Obama: while a majority of democrats declared NSA spying unacceptable under former President George Bush, a majority of democrats now think NSA spying is acceptable under Obama.
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