Saturday, October 5, 2013


Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore, 325 East 25th Street, Baltimore, MD 21218 PHONE: [410] – 366 -1637 PRESS RELEASE-FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 5, 2013 CONTACT: Max Obuszewski 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at ACTIVISTS PROTEST AT NSA DURING KEEP SPACE FOR PEACE WEEK WHO: The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore is a part of the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance [NCNR], and Pledge members have been protesting at the National Security Agency for many years. Members have been arrested on several occasions, while trying to get a meeting with Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander, the director of the National Security Agency, to discuss perceived illegal and unconstitutional activities by his operatives. WHAT: On October 9, 2011, for example, fourteen activists were arrested for seeking a meeting with the director. Each of the arrested received three citations: “entering a military, naval or Coast Guard property,” “disturbances on protected property, and “control of activities on protected property.” The government placed the case on the inactive docket. Now the Pledge will make its annual visit to the NSA during Keep Space for Peace Week [Oct. 5 – 12]. WHEN: Saturday, October 5, 2013at 12:30 PM WHERE: National Security Agency, Fort George G. Meade, MD 20755 WHY: A great concern is the NSA’s involvement in the illegal war and occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq. This would include the illegal use of drones in Afghanistan and other counties and the assassination of U.S. citizens. Also there have been alarming revelations about the illegal wiretapping and wholesale collection of Americans’ phone records. When this was revealed by Russell Tice, he was fired. When Thomas Drake revealed an expensive boondoggle of a computer system, he was targeted for being a whistleblower. In July, 2011, though, the legal case brought against him by the government collapsed. And more recently the revelations by Edward Snowden have shown the NSA to be a rogue and out-of-control government agency. The Pledge of Resistance-Balance will continue to protest at the National Security Agency and to highlight its shredding of the U.S. Constitution. "The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and everything to lose--especially their lives." Eugene Victor Debs

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