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'Say NO to surveillance state!' Buses thanking Snowden cruise Washington (VIDEO)

Published time: November 26, 2013 08:07
Edited time: November 28, 2013 14:24

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Viewing NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in Washington may rub salt into the fresh wounds of the Obama administration. A free-speech advocacy group put the fugitive’s face on Metro buses in a gesture of gratitude for his leaks.

The crowd funded ‘Thank You Ed Snowden’ bus ad campaign, launched this week, was organized by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF).

“The elites in D.C. may not ride the bus, but they can’t avoid reading the bus!” the group wrote on its donation site.

When fund-raising started to do the Snowden bus ad in Washington, it was only planned to pay for one single bus. Advertising costs for this are $5,000 for four weeks, according to CBS Outdoor, which handles advertising on Metro [Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority].

However now, following media reports, the campaign has seen an inflow of donations, and the PCJF is planning to extend and expand it.

“We want millions of people to know that they too can join the growing movement opposing the NSA's Surveillance State,” it said.

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The ad company tried to distance itself from the campaign, which is bound to stir controversy in a country where Snowden is viewed as a hero by some and a traitor by others.

“The courts have found that we’re a public forum,” he said, “so we have to accept anyone that wants to put up an ad,” Metro General Manager, Richard Sarles, told The Washington Post. “Obviously we don’t support, necessarily, what the opinions are that people express in these advertisements.”

Edward Snowden, who is facing charges of espionage in his home country, is currently living in Russia, which granted him temporary asylum.

Comments (18)


Richard Einstein 28.11.2013 21:40

I still have the 1000 bitcoins I bought two years ago. I have been trying not to spend any to keep it at an even number but maybe I can throw one into the fund.


Shiraz Durrani 27.11.2013 23:29

snowdon as a fugitive is placed as hero on buses of washington.
here in pakistan,we cant place pictures of bachakhan,walikhan and gm syed on walls of the mall in garrission town of Rawalpindi,where leaders of indian descent are portyred as our heros.


LisaAgnes 27.11.2013 02:28

Chris Sackett 27.11.2013 02:10

@LisaAgnes, you realise that's about $4500 USD worth of bitcoins, right?


I thought it was worth about $3000 USD. My point is that this guy "Isaiah" is not like me or people who are like me: $3000 is a lot of money to me. I don't have that kind of money to just throw out on something like this. I have no doubt he would pay the money, too. I don't think "Isaiah" is who he seems to be.

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