Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Today We Fight Back

Today, my blog is dedicated to the Stop the NSA mass
surveillance campaign.   

I sent the following message to my congressional representatives today and I encourage you to do so, too.  See the giant black box at the bottom of the screen for instructions.
As your constituent, I am deeply concerned about the National Security Agency’s (NSA) mass surveillance programs. We need real reform to stop the NSA's mass collection of our information.

I urge you to support the USA Freedom Act (H.R. 3361/S. 1599), an important first step in stopping mass spying, reforming the FISA court, and increasing transparency. But reform shouldn't stop there: please push for stronger privacy protections that stop dragnet surveillance of innocent users across the globe, and stop the NSA from sabotaging international encryption standards.

I'm also urging you to oppose S. 1631, the so-called FISA Improvements Act. This bill aims to entrench some of the worst forms of NSA surveillance and extend the NSA surveillance programs in unprecedented ways. It would allow the NSA to continue to collect the phone records of hundreds of millions of Americans not suspected of any crime—a program I absolutely oppose—and could expand into collecting records of Internet usage.

The NSA mass surveillance programs chill freedom of speech, undermine confidence in US Internet companies, and run afoul of the Constitution.  We need reform now.
           
Remember:
Metadata is Data

Our constitution is supposed to protect us from exactly this
sort of government intrusion into our lives

Yes, we freely give lots of information to corporations that
the government should NOT be allowed to have.
What's the difference?  

Google & Microsoft cannot arrest us. 
Apple & Facebook cannot execute us.

Our government does have BOTH those powers
and MUST honor our constitution 

Read the story of our own government run amok
Brandon Mayfield  
a US Citizen held without charge
within his own country.