Fight Back Against NSA Surveillance With EFF Today (And Every Other Day)

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We told you last month about the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s (EFF) publicity effort to get Americans to fight back against the National Security Agency’s worthless, dangerous mass surveillance program. Well, today’s the day that all culminates over at the EFF.

According to tech site The Verge, the EFF’s goal today is to generate enough visible protest against warrantless surveillance to help defeat legislation that further entrenches the unConstitutional practice, and to help support reform legislation that at least reins in what the NSA is allowed to do with the data it collects.

From The Verge:

Inside the US, participants are urged to put a banner on their website and call or email their legislators in support of Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Senator Patrick Leahy’s (D-VT) USA Freedom Act, which would reform the NSA’s metadata database. But they’re also urged to oppose Dianne Feinstein’s (D-CA) FISA Improvements Act, a bill that sounds just as pleasant but has been sharply criticized for enshrining the database program in law. And even these are just baby steps in the long run.

Online activism has its limits, but it has shown results in the recent past. A massive grass-roots online campaign helped stall the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in 2012 — although, as The Verge notes, “[t]he goal of the 2012 blackout was simple: spur people to call their representatives and express opposition to a new bill. The Day We Fight Back, though, is an attempt to dismantle a system that’s been in place for years.”

At the very least, there’s strength in numbers. The EFF’s “Fight Back” effort currently has 255,000 Faceboook likes. If you’re on Facebook, you can add to that total simply by going to their web page and “liking” it. You can also retweet or share on Google+, if that’s your thing.

Of course the NSA will be watching — but that’s precisely why it’s so important to “Fight Back” not just today, but every day until Congress enacts meaningful legislation to abandon this ineffective, wasteful and damaging infringement on all Americans’ Constitutional rights.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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