A group of entertainment celebrities are fed up with the Obama administration’s willingness to spy on American citizens through the National Security Agency, or NSA – even comparing his actions to those exposed by Nixon’s Watergate scandal.
Actors John Cusack, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Will Wheaton join director Oliver Stone, former talk host Phil Donahue and several others appearing in a new video called “Stop Watching Us.”
The video begins with Daniel Ellsberg, the leaker of the “Pentagon Papers” – which revealed bald-faced deception of the American public during Lyndon Johnson’s administration – declaring, “Revelations that have emerged in the past few months from whistleblower Edward Snowden and others [continuing from the mouth of Donahue] have painted a disturbing picture of widespread, suspicionless surveillance of American citizens.”
“Every American is at risk of getting caught up in the NSA dragnet,” Stone warns.
Though the video never mentions Obama by name, it directly alludes to the surveillance scandal that forced another president, Richard Nixon, out of office.
Referencing revelations of illicit NSA and CIA intelligence gathering uncovered by the Watergate scandal, Ellsberg continues, “We’ve seen this story before, and we decided it was wrong.”
“It was wrong then,” Cusack chimes in, “and it’s wrong now.”
The video also includes a clip from former U.S. Sen. Walter Mondale, D-Minn., who investigated CIA and NSA intelligence gathering methods following Watergate: “Unrestrained, illegal, secret intimidation and harassment of the essential ability of Americans to participate freely in American political life shall never happen again.”
And yet, the video implies, it is happening again: under Obama.
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