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From: Bjrn Felten (2:203/2)
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Date: Mon, 03.02.14 16:49
The Pirate Party nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize
Dear Nomination Committee of the Nobel Peace Prize,

We wish to nominate two outstanding candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize of
2014. It is our firm belief that Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden have
achieved and exceeded all the qualifications required to be worthy laureates of
the Nobel Peace Prize.

The nominees are both whistleblowers who have inspired change and encouraged
public debate and policy changes that contributed to a more stable and peaceful
world.

Chelsea Elizabeth Manning (born Bradley Edward Manning, December 17, 1987) is a
soldier in the United States army who was sentenced to 35 years in a military
prison in 2013 for releasing hundreds of thousands of documents to the
whistleblower website WikiLeaks. The leaked documents pointed to a long history
of corruption, serious war crimes, and a lack of respect for the sovereignty of
other democratic nations by the United States government in international
dealings.

These revelations have fuelled democratic uprisings around the world, including
a democratic revolution in Tunisia. According to journalistic, academic, and
intellectual scrutiny her actions helped motivate the democratic Arab Spring
movements, shed light on secret corporate influence on foreign and domestic
policies of European nations, and, also contributed to the Obama
Administration's agreement to withdraw all U.S.troops from occupied Iraq.

The profound information that was revealed by this courageous whistleblower
helped to foster public dialogue on the legitimacy, suitability, and relevancy
of the military interventions carried out by US troops both Iraq and
Afghanistan. The release of these documents led directly to calls demanding the
full withdrawal of the military forces from these countries, as well as
investigating committees on the treatment of detainees in the Guantanamo Bay
detention camp.

The documents and information should never have been kept from public scrutiny,
and the very fact that embedded journalists minimized or omitted facts in the
field exacerbated the corruption of the information flow. The revelations -
including video documentation of an incident in which American soldiers gunned
down Reuters journalists in Iraq - have furled a worldwide discussion about the
overseas military engagements of the United States, civilian casualties of war
and the rules of engagement. Citizens worldwide owe a great debt to the
WikiLeaks whistleblower for shedding light on these issues.

Edward Joseph Snowden (born June 21, 1983) is an American computer specialist,
a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee, and former National
Security Agency (NSA) contractor who disclosed top secret NSA documents to
several media outlets, initiating the NSA leaks, which reveal operational
details of a global surveillance apparatus run by the NSA and other members of
the Five Eyes alliance, along with numerous corporate and international
partners.

He has, with great risk to his personal well-being and future, revealed the
horrific scope of the global espionage network of the Anglo-American spy
agencies. By releasing documents regarding the activities of clandestine
agencies he has not only unveiled the global scale of mass surveillance which
endanger a wide array of civil liberties (cornerstones of our liberties such as
free speech and the right to privacy) but, he has also given the people of the
world the necessary tools to counter the ever invasive path towards mass
surveillance. Blatant violations to even the very basic human rights have been
institutionalized by US government agencies while privacy has been classified
in ALL the major international human rights charters and declarations.

The debate on mass surveillance cannot take place without the disclosure of the
basic structures and methods of the corresponding secret spy programs.
Citizens, researchers and politicians need insight into these methods to be
able to weigh the social consequences and the possible resulting damage to the
global society. Mass surveillance erodes the fundamentals of modern
democracies; making local laws to protect privacy meaningless within it's
global scope.

Snowden has shown us that journalists can no longer protect their sources,
lawyers can't protect their clients and doctors can't protect their patients
information. The concept of privacy has been redefined to complete exposure
into no privacy. His actions have shown the rest of the world and its policy
makers that joint global action needs to take place in order to reinstate
constitutional rights of privacy for citizens which is completely essential to
healthy democracies.
By leaking the documents to investigative journalists from independent media,
Snowden has managed to carefully consider the balance between public interest
and national security. By revising the source documents, he and his supporters
avoided leaking highly sensitive information that might have put currently
running operations and the people involved into danger.

Some might argue that Snowden acted against the law, however, mass secret
surveillance is illegitimate as it undermines the sovereignty of the people
over the state apparatus. It is very well known that at times of universal
deceit just telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. When the state is
acting outside the rule of law it is up to the citizens to report on such
unlawfulness for the greater good of its peoples and principles for
sustainability of the future.

Snowden and Manning courageously acted and as a result we have a more stable
and peaceful world and far more of a possibility to develop/enact true
democratic models.

We are nominating Manning and Snowden together because the courage of Manning
inspired Snowden and both of them have inspired thousands of people all over
the world to speak truth to power and demand transparency and accountability in
their own societies.

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