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I am a semi-retired psychotherapist/psychiatric social worker and certified hypnotherapist. Originally a practicing attorney, I changed careers during the 1980's. My interests include history, constitutional law, Hindustani classical music, yoga, meditation and spirituality.

Friday, October 18, 2013

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Four months ago, the State Department revoked the passport of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.[1]

Snowden’s “crime” was to educate Americans and the world about the dangerous growth of the U.S. surveillance state.

Tell Secretary of State John Kerry to give Snowden back his passport.

Freedom to travel requires a passport. It’s a basic principle.[2]

Government efforts to revoke a U.S. citizen’s passport have a shameful place in U.S. history. Amid the hysteria of the McCarthy Era, in 1950 the government revoked the passport of the African American singer/actor/activist Paul Robeson -- and didn’t reinstate it for eight years.

Click here to tell Kerry to reinstate Snowden’s passport now.

Ed Snowden didn’t get the due process he deserves. In late June -- after he released documents on the NSA’s mass surveillance programs -- the State Department suddenly revoked Snowden’s passport in an effort to prevent him from reaching any country willing to grant political asylum.

The surveillance state that he exposed is spying on leaders in democratic countries[3] and collects electronic data on millions of U.S. citizens -- including, we learned this week thanks to Snowden, our e-mail address books and instant messaging “buddy lists.”[4]

Snowden’s moral, democratic and heroic action is increasingly honored and appreciated.[5]

To send an email now to Secretary of State Kerry, click here.

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-- The team

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1. Reuters: U.S. Revokes Snowden's Passport
2. Universal Declaration of Human Rights
3. Guardian: Brazilian President: U.S. “Breach of International Law”
4. Washington Post: NSA Collects Millions of Address Books
5. Ray McGovern: Snowden Accepts Whistleblower Award