Edward Snowden's leaks about NSA spying on civilians and allies overseas has generated intense degrees of distrust in the U.S. government across the country and worldwide. The intensity of negative feelings about this matter has sparked off protests. USA Today reported on Oct. 26, 2013, "Anti-NSA rally attracts thousands to march in Washington." On Saturday thousands of people marched in Washington, DC to protest against the NSA's domestic and international surveillance.
Protesters held signs which read, "Stop mass surveillance," "Thank you, Edward Snowden," and "No NSA mass spying." They were also heard chanting slogans such as, "no secret courts." A diverse coalition of more than 100 public advocacy groups called "Stop Watching Us" organized the march. Leaders of Germany, France, Italy and Brazil have joined in the protests from overseas where it has been leaked by Snowden they have been spied on by the NSA too.
CBC News in Canada has reported, "NSA target of anti-spying rally in Washington." The organizers of the rally from the "Stop Watching Us" Ccoalition want the U.S. government to stop spying on Americans. The rally in Washington, DC has coincided with the 12th anniversary of the U.S. Patriot Act. This law opens the door for easy access to personal information by the FBI. The organizers of the rally gathered over 570,000 signatures on an anti-NSA petition to be presented to Congress. Clearly, respect for individual rights by the U.S. government has been eroding for decades and is now finally dead in a nation which has become a
dehumanized fascist police state.