aNewDomain.net — A Swedish professor has turned NSA PRISM whistleblower Edward Snowden Nobel Peace Prize 2014 nominee. Find the letter that nominated him here.
NSA PRISM surveillance project whistleblower Edward Snowden is a 2014 Peace Prize nominee.
Click here to find the NSA slides Edward Snowden leaked, slides that reveal the extent to which the U.S. government is monitoring U.S. and foreign communications via backdoor computer connections and cooperating with the world’s largest tech companies. Find more on the Nobel nomination at this link here in the U.K. Daily Mail. Find commentator Ted Rall’s initial take on the story here. In it he asks: Are we citizens are serfs?
Below is the letter sociology professor at Umeå University Stefan Svallfors penned in order to turn Edward Snowden Nobel Peace Prize nominee.
Best committee members!
I suggest that the … Peace Prize awarded to the American citizen Edward Snowden.
Edward Snowden has – in a heroic effort at great personal cost – revealed the existence and extent of the surveillance, the U.S. government devotes electronic communications worldwide. By putting light on this monitoring program – conducted in contravention of national laws and international agreements – Edward Snowden has helped to make the world a little bit better and safer.
Through his personal efforts, he has also shown that individuals can stand up for fundamental rights and freedoms. This example is important because since the Nuremberg trials in 1945 has been clear that the slogan “I was just following orders” is never claimed as an excuse for acts contrary to human rights and freedoms. Despite this, it is very rare that individual citizens having the insight of their personal responsibility and courage Edward Snowden shown in his revelation of the American surveillance program. For this reason, he is a highly affordable candidate.
The decision to award the 2013 prize to Edward Snowden would – in addition to being well justified in itself – also help to save the Nobel Peace Prize from the disrepute that incurred by the hasty and ill-conceived decision to award U.S. President Barack Obama 2009 award. It would show its willingness to stand up in defense of civil liberties and human rights, even when such a defense be viewed with disfavour by the world’s dominant military power.
Professor of Sociology at Umeå University “
Photo of Edward Snowden: Wikimedia Commons
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