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Germany: Left Party criticises PRISM as wrong direction

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1. C/U 'Die Linke' flag flown outside reads: 'The Left' 2. M/S Die Linke party members inside a building in Dresden holding a placard: 'Taksim is everywhere, everywhere that was wild was, here is Taksim' 3. SOT: Stefan Liebich, Die linke politician (in German) : "I fear that the United States is not prepared to stop this practice. They say that they want to find terrorists and therefore restrict the rights of citizens, but I refer to Benjamin Franklin, who said, 'He who limits the freedom of his citizens in order to gain security will lose both in the end.' I think the United States is going in the wrong direction and I can only demand that they stop going down this path. The decision must be made in America, we can't make it." 4. M/S Chairwoman of the Die Linke party Katje Kipping (far left) with politicians at a table 5. SOT: Stefan Liebich, Die linke politician: "Our government has not been very active in its critique on what the US has been doing. In my opinion they are doing too little. Therefore we are putting pressure on our government so that it clearly says that what the US is doing is false." 6. M/S Chairwoman of the Die Linke party Katje Kipping with politicians at a table 7. M/S Meeting room of the Die Linke party in Dresden, placard reads: '100 per cent social' SCRIPT Germany: Left Party criticises PRISM as wrong direction German left party Die Linke met up for their assembly on Friday in Dresden to kick off a two day national convention where members are discussing their programme in preparation for the German federal election on September 22, 2013. As part of the congress, prominent politicians of the Die Linke party talked about the PRISM surveillance files former CIA employee Edward Snowdon leaked to media outlets June 6. Stefan Liebich, politician for Die Linke, says: "I fear that the United States is not prepared to stop this practice. They say that they want to find terrorists and therefore restrict the rights of citizens, but I refer to Benjamin Franklin, who said, 'He who limits the freedom of his citizens in order to gain security will lose both in the end.' "I think the United States is going in the wrong direction and I can only demand that they stop going down this path. The decision must be made in America, we can't make it. Our government has not been very active in its critique on what the US has been doing. In my opinion they are doing too little. Therefore we are putting pressure on our government so that it clearly says that what the US is doing is false." As vice chairman of the German-American Parliamentary Group, Liebich has urged Federal Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, ambassador to the USA to immediately communicate the criticism of the USA federal government for the use of PRISM and to end the practice. PRISM, a national security electronic surveillance programme operated by the National Security Agency, is the codename given for the data collection, including phone calls and emails made, of citizens of the United States and of foreigners outside of the USA. After Edward Snowden's leaks were made via the Washington Post and The Guardian newspaper, Snowden fled to Hong Kong in fear of the retribution his acts of whistleblowing. Statement made by Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper on June 7, says the USA has used the Internet search engine Google and social media outlet Facebook to collect information on people outside of the USA as a defense against national security threats. The financially Mozilla-backed campaign group Stop Watching Us has to date collected over 100,000 signatures in a petition to fight against the NSA surveillance. The advocacy group is made up of over 80 alliance bodies, with a warning that the NSA activities are a breach of privacy. All the parties that make up the group are planning to launch a website called StopWatching.Us, with Reddit, Electronic Frontier Foundation and Fight for the Future just some of the groups joining forces ...