I was the Washington correspondent of the Daily World and received a packet in the mail of top secret FBI documents exposing the surveillance of tens of thousands of law-abiding people.
Ellsberg warned that it wouldn't take much to tip it over to a police state, unless Americans grapple with the assault on civil liberties and privacy
More than 100 people celebrated the 4th of July here by demanding an end to U.S. government spying on its citizens.
This July 4, thousands of people will be taking to the streets to "restore the fourth" - the principals of the Fourth of July and the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution, i.e. the right to privacy.
Protecting privacy in a dangerous world will never be easy. But we'll never have even a shot at protecting it until we take the profit out of violating it.
The spying charge dates back to protests triggered by the "not guilty" verdicts for three cops tried for the murder of Sean Bell.
Despite what anti-Obama conspiracy theorists, tea partiers and other various anti-government groups say, government political spying was rampant during the Bush-Cheney years.