Thousands in German anti-NSA protest

A man protests outside a US National Security Agency listening station in Darmstadt, Germany, on July 20, 2013
A man takes part in a protest outside a US National Security Agency (NSA) listening station in Griesheim near Darmstadt, Germany, on July 20, 2013. Thousands took to the streets in Berlin Saturday in protests against Internet surveillance activities by the US National Security Agency and other intelligence agencies, and the German government's perceived lax reaction to them.

Thousands took to the streets in Berlin Saturday in protests against Internet surveillance activities by the US National Security Agency and other intelligence agencies, and the German government's perceived lax reaction to them.

Organisers, among them the opposition Greens, The Left and Pirates parties, said 20,000 people turned out. Police would not confirm the figure, saying only their "tally differs from that of the organisers".

The protest was organised under the slogan "Freedom Rather Than Fear" and demonstrators carried banners saying: "Stop spying on us" and, more sarcastically: "Thanks to PRISM (the US government's vast data collection programs) the government finally knows what the people want".

"Intelligence agencies like the NSA shamelessly spy on telephone conversations and Internet connections worldwide (and) our government, one of whose key roles is the protection from harm, sends off soothing explanations," said one speaker, Kai-Uwe Steffens.

On Thursday, newly leaked documents alleged that US and British intelligence agencies have cracked the encryption that secures a wide range of online communications—including emails, banking transactions and .

The documents provided by former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden to The New York Times, ProPublica and The Guardian suggest that the are able to decipher data even with the supposedly secure encryption designed to make it private.


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Sep 08, 2013
Thousands in German anti-NSA protest


Tough luck. We have a right to protect ourselves.

The fact the Tsarnaev brothers were able to pull off the Boston bombing is only evidence that the U.S. intelligence agencies haven't been doing enough spying on people.

How else do you idiots expect the government to protect you from terrorists, if they aren't allowed to spy on people to find out whether that person is in fact a terrorist?

Sep 08, 2013
Thousands in German anti-NSA protest


Tough luck. We have a right to protect ourselves.

The fact the Tsarnaev brothers were able to pull off the Boston bombing is only evidence that the U.S. intelligence agencies haven't been doing enough spying on people.

How else do you idiots expect the government to protect you from terrorists, if they aren't allowed to spy on people to find out whether that person is in fact a terrorist?


They were spying and they still didn't stop it. They were also already known to be persons of interest.... So what point are you trying to make?

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