In a recent debate on Rethinking the U.S. National Security Apparatus, Michael Hayden, a retired general and the former director of the National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency, said that Edward Snowden “blew the whistle” on the NSA’s use of the Patriot Act’s Section 215 to collect phone records of nearly every American. Hayden observed that while the government felt it had executive, legislative, and judicial approval to use 215 that way, the American people have not consented to this program and have been left out of that process.
This Avaaz petition addressed to the Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and her Justice Minister José Eduardo Cardozo has gained more than 1,100,000 signatures worldwide since its launch in mid-January 2014.
As citizens from around the world deeply concerned with the massive violation of our privacy, we call on you to grant asylum to whistleblower Edward Snowden. As the leader of a global movement for internet freedom and privacy, Brazil is the perfect home for a man who sacrificed his life to disclose invasive and illegal US spying.