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Today is the day we fight back against unlawful NSA surveillance. "We" is a coalition of more than 5,700 organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union, Reddit, Tumblr, Mozilla, Daily Kos and Amnesty International.

"We" also includes some key corporate members, reminiscent of the coalition that came together to fight the undemocratic Stop Online Piracy Act.

Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and other tech titans collectively added their names Monday to a growing list of websites and organizations supporting a digital day of protest Tuesday against the National Security Agency's spy programs.
The Reform Government Surveillance coalition—which also includes AOL, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Yahoo—is the most prominent addition to a protest that has gained thousands of new supporters over the past week. The coalition has already been vocal in its opposition to NSA surveillance, and has long pressed for the ability to be more transparent with customers about government data requests. [...]

"The ultimate goal is to provide more esteem for the USA Freedom Act and other measures and to ensure that [Sen. Dianne] Feinstein's so-called FISA Improvements Act never sees the light of day," said David Segal, executive director of Demand Progress, told National Journal last week.

Call or email your representative and senators. You can use this link to be automatically connected.

Tell them 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, and to oppose S. 1631, the so-called FISA Improvements Act. Feinstein's bill would 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 and could expand into collecting records of Internet usage.

Join the fight by calling or emailing your representative and/or senators.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 08:03 AM PST.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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  •  Tip Jar (40+ / 0-)

    "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. [...] There would be no place to hide."--Frank Church

    by Joan McCarter on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 08:03:18 AM PST

  •  Doing it shortly! (5+ / 0-)

    I am going to try to call all the reps and senators for Arizona. I plan to start with our erstwhile "Democrats", namely, Sinema, Barber and Kilpatrick. They are all third way-ers, but I want them to know if they vote to continue the NSA abuses it will be held against them!

    February 11th, 2014 is The Day We Fight Back against mass surveillance. Go here to participate: https://thedaywefightback.org/

    by CenPhx on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 08:33:46 AM PST

    •  Here are numbers for some Reps/Senators from AZ (3+ / 0-)
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      4kedtongue, Joan McCarter, dclawyer06

      Flake: 202-224-4521
      McCain: 202-224-2235
      Sinema: 202-225-9888
      Barber: 202-225-2542
      Kirkpatrick: 202-225-3361
      Pastor: 202-225-4065

      I called them all. :) The very nice man at Rep. Kirkpatrick's office said they had been receiving lots of calls today about the NSA!! Good job folks, keep it up!

      February 11th, 2014 is The Day We Fight Back against mass surveillance. Go here to participate: https://thedaywefightback.org/

      by CenPhx on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 09:00:23 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  ants and elephants (0+ / 0-)

      Fighting the NSA is like an ant fighting an elephant.

      The gov is way too powerful to take on. even the supreme court is in on the spying of all Americans.

      Bondage must come after apathy. no way out of it. history has proven that.

      Just don't take away their guns, wal marts, or reality TV shows and the gov can spy on anyone they want in America.

      Even the college students in America, the future hope of every nation,  have become  apathetic.

  •  Done, thank you (18+ / 0-)

    Opposing NSA surveillance programs is one more in a growing list of drop-dead requirements I have when it comes to supporting candidates.  I will not donate to, make phone calls for or otherwise support any candidate who is not clear in their intent to roll back these unconstitutional programs.  I will not support incumbents if they have not shown by their votes and their legislative efforts that they oppose these programs.  Forget it.

    Add it to chained-CPI, raising the minimum wage, marriage equality and raising taxes on the wealthy.  If candidates don't represent me, I don't support them.

    We have always been at war with al Qaeda.

    by Dallasdoc on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 08:35:34 AM PST

    •  I understand the sentiment, as long as you're ok (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      luvbrothel

      with the collateral damage.

      I will not support incumbents if they have not shown by their votes and their legislative efforts that they oppose these programs.  Forget it.
      If Incumbent X is replaced with Rabid Teapartier Y, a lot of people get hurt.

      Not like maybe the NSA vacuums up your metadata hurt but like maybe they lose their UE benefits and can't feed their innocent kids hurt or maybe they can't get medicaid and can't go to the doctor hurt or maybe their parents are deported and they have no pathway to citizenship hurt.

      I totally understand the idea of what you're saying especially in a primary. But in a general election I have to hold my nose and fight for the best candidate even if they oppose those things you're talking about.

      Look at 2000. There was a lot about Gore (and Lieberman especially) that we didn't like. Would it have been better if he was elected?

      Look at 2010. Yeah, the Blue Dogs sucked. Is the Tea Party House better?

      When we stop putting leaders from the past up on pedestals and ignoring their flaws, we can start seeing our present leaders for what they really are.

      by PhillyJeff on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 09:44:21 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Or... (2+ / 0-)
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        JayBat, Dallasdoc

        "If Incumbent X is replaced with Rabid Teapartier Y, a lot of people get hurt. "

        Or put another way

        If Incumbent X is replaced with someone who actually represents the people instead of corporations, then instead of simply slowing America's march toward fascism we could actually reverse it.

        I'll state verbosely what everyone in the US already knows: The mission of Right Wing Democrats is not to stop the decline of American Democracy, but to soften the transition to Fascism and prolong their very profitable role in the decay.

        "People don’t need to be convinced that their conditions are bad; they need to be convinced that there is an alternative."

        "Our task should not be to focus on compromise, but on how best we can strengthen our side."
        --Kshama Sawant

      •  Is my effort going to change an election? (5+ / 0-)

        Of course not.  If it did, the party ought to be sucking up to me a lot more than it does.

        I'm not going to take responsibility for Democrats who don't support their base losing.  You couldn't sell that lie in 2010, and you won't sell it in 2014.  It's up to the candidates to attract enough support to win, and if they fail it's their fault.  I will support candidates who support the issues I feel strongest about.  The rest can look elsewhere for their support.

        We have always been at war with al Qaeda.

        by Dallasdoc on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 10:33:39 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  the problem is (0+ / 0-)

          there are no candidates really pushing raising taxes on the wealthy.

          Are you going to sit out 2014?

          you wait until the fight is over, one guy is left standing. And that's how you know who won.

          by GideonAB on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 10:47:42 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  If nobody pursues my issues, yes (1+ / 0-)
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            PhilJD

            I have become a very discriminating political actor.  I'll find one or two candidates to donate to and work for, and ignore the rest.  I'm not a billionaire, so I choose to concentrate my efforts where they might do a little good.  Democrats won't win or lose the Senate based on my decisions.  

            If you want to nag somebody, go find Jim Messina at Priorities USA.

            We have always been at war with al Qaeda.

            by Dallasdoc on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 11:02:51 AM PST

            [ Parent ]

        •  also (0+ / 0-)

          if we do not hold the Senate, the Republicans get a big shot in the arm

          you wait until the fight is over, one guy is left standing. And that's how you know who won.

          by GideonAB on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 10:52:45 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

      •  holding the nose (0+ / 0-)

        is not such an unattractive pose.

        After all, the current House is the reason why food stamps were cut.

        I see nothing progressive in that

        you wait until the fight is over, one guy is left standing. And that's how you know who won.

        by GideonAB on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 11:36:58 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Ok fine, then you should own the fact (0+ / 0-)

          that you're ok with tea partiers cutting 50 billion from food stamps and poor people really getting slammed harder if it means less favorable dems lose at the polls.

          That's fine. You got what you wanted in 2000 and 2010.

          Real people were hurt and real people died because of it.

          But whatever, Gore wasn't so progressive. The Blue Dogs weren't so progressive.

          And if 100,000 Iraqis and tens of thousands of Americans have to die and we have a tea party house that cuts food stamps and millions can't get Medicare, that's just acceptable losses.

          I see nothing progressive in that.

          When we stop putting leaders from the past up on pedestals and ignoring their flaws, we can start seeing our present leaders for what they really are.

          by PhillyJeff on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 01:20:47 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

    •  Nope--thank you! (5+ / 0-)
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      CenPhx, jbsoul, allenjo, lotlizard, Dallasdoc

      How many fronts progressives have to fight on these days.

      "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. [...] There would be no place to hide."--Frank Church

      by Joan McCarter on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 09:46:55 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  It IS about time. (10+ / 0-)

    We have let the Republicans get out ahead of us on this.  Privacy is a civil-liberties issue.  US Government mass-surveillance of US citizens is unconstitutional, and just plain wrong.

    An illusion can never be destroyed directly... SK.

    by Thomas Twinnings on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 08:38:31 AM PST

  •  DONE, done and done (7+ / 0-)

    (and it was so easy peasy). As Dallasdoc said so eloquently above, this mass surveillance is one of my "lines in the sand" as to who will get my support come election time.

  •  Thanks for covering this, Joan! (6+ / 0-)

    When you triangulate everything, you can't even roll downhill...

    by PhilJD on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 09:03:15 AM PST

    •  Would it be appropriate to suggest using (0+ / 0-)

      a search engine that doesn't store your searches and provide them to the NSA - or to anyone else - for free or for a fee?

      ixquick and duck duck go are the search engines for those who care about privacy

      Although, if the NSA wanted to, they could directly find out what YOU were searching on either of these search engines, but that would be through tapping into your computer, not bulk collection from the two sites. At least, to the best of my knowledge.

      Women do 2/3 of the world's work, receive 10% of the world's income and own 1% of the means of production.

      by LibrErica on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 09:46:07 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  I can't look at that ear image (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    dclawyer06

    "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

    by lgmcp on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 09:03:16 AM PST

  •  We have us a movement! (6+ / 0-)

    Great!

    Now we need some visible spokespersons and leaders.

    5,700 organizations is plenty "structure".  Now lets build "momentun".

    Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action.

    by Shockwave on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 09:07:20 AM PST

  •  Calling after work, and sharing this around! (5+ / 0-)

    Thank you for posting this...the links are a great resource that even my laziest friends should be able to get behind!

  •  done (5+ / 0-)

    Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell. --Edward Abbey

    by greenbastard on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 09:15:22 AM PST

  •  no visible support: Google, Facebook, Tumblr, etc. (2+ / 0-)
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    CenPhx, JackND
    supporting a digital day of protest
    There's no banner or anything on these sites to indicate anything but business as usual. Google's page looks normal today, there's nothing there except a link to a bland "safe internet day" page that mentions nothing about NSA. Nothing on Facebook - even on Facebook's Facebook page (lol), nothing on Tumblr, nothing on Microsoft. I don't even see anything on Reddit - except created threads, mostly filled with a bunch of nay-sayers saying what a waste of time this is - there's no banner anywhere. OTOH, ACLU has it prominently at the top of their page. Upworthy has a huge banner overlaid on the bottom of the page.

    Have I misunderstood what these companies are doing? Where is the visible support? Where's the "digital day of protest?"

    "Watch what you say or they'll be calling you a radical, a liberal, fanatical, criminal..."-7.75, -5.54

    by solesse413 on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 09:16:58 AM PST

    •  adding: I am calling my Senators and Rep (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      CenPhx, Joan McCarter, allenjo

      and might even calligraphy out a letter and fax it to them and the president, if I can find a fax number.

      I also changed my cover photo and profile pic on FB to indicate support for the protest and shared the link to the protest page.

      "Watch what you say or they'll be calling you a radical, a liberal, fanatical, criminal..."-7.75, -5.54

      by solesse413 on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 09:25:52 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  This is a great campaign item (4+ / 0-)

    We MUST get our democratic candidates to get on board with speaking out against this.  As the campaigns progress toward the mid-terms, this subject is going to be brought up in a big way.  Because this is happening under the Obama presidency, many voters are going to hold democrats responsible for it unless they disavow their support for it.  I know there is a lot of reason to put blame elsewhere but that is not what the voters will be led to see.  Hopefully our national party apparatus will be able to get to democratic candidates to make sure they know how to respond to this issue.

    •  One that is fully on board (1+ / 0-)
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      slakn1

      is Shenna Bellows (ME-Sen).
      From the Bellows campaign today:

      "It's time to restore our constitutional freedoms to protect individual liberties and restore community trust in government again,” said Bellows. “The NSA has abused the public trust, and Congress has failed to provide any meaningful oversight, so it's up to us as citizens to hold them accountable."

      Bellows has strongly opposed the NSA and their illegal spy program. As the former Executive Director of the ACLU in Maine, Bellows was a strong advocate for civil liberties. She helped make Maine one of two states in the nation to pass an anti-warrantless cellphone-tracking bill, and she led a net neutrality campaign in 2006. Bellows has continued to make civil liberties a key part of her U.S. Senate campaign.

      The mass protest entails the display of a large banner on each of the participants’ websites urging Americans to contact their Congressional representatives to support laws that help curtail online surveillance. This includes opposing the FISA Improvement Acts and supporting the USA Freedom Act.

      "We learned in the SOPA and PIPA protests that citizen action can make a huge difference in influencing the decisions made by Congress in Washington.   We are excited to be part of a nationwide day of action today to stand up for against mass surveillance,” said Bellows.

      You can go to her homepage and scroll down to the banner to take action.

      Support a Progressive Dem from Maine for US Senate! Bellows for Senate

      by Illegitimi non carborundum on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 04:43:15 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Occupy Gainesville will be visible from I75 tonite (6+ / 0-)

    Our Light Brigade message:

    GO AWAY, NSA!

    If I have any spit left after I've licked my own wounds, I'll be glad to consider licking yours. Peace.

    by nancyjones on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 09:19:44 AM PST

  •  I think Warren and Markey are on this (2+ / 0-)
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    stevemb, LibrErica

    so I can save a phone call :-)  

    The thing about quotes on the internet is you cannot confirm their validity. ~Abraham Lincoln

    by raboof on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 09:27:00 AM PST

  •  And yet, when these corporations (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    LibrErica

    collect our data and sell it to other corporations or use it to market to us we give a collective yawn.

    When we stop putting leaders from the past up on pedestals and ignoring their flaws, we can start seeing our present leaders for what they really are.

    by PhillyJeff on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 09:39:19 AM PST

  •  I've called Hagan, Burr, and Price (3+ / 0-)
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    LibrErica, CenPhx, allenjo

    Have you called your Congresscritters yet.

    50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

    by TarheelDem on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 09:39:26 AM PST

  •  I'm very much in support (0+ / 0-)

    of this action.  The original Patriot Act needs to be reigned in but what I do not want this movement to become is this finger-pointing expedition that attracts and gives a very amplified podium to those individuals that preach this very false equivalency of the two parties on here.  If that's what it turns into then it is a worthless and counterproductive exercise and in the end will only further the problem.  This issue is best addressed by large Democratic majorities no matter how impure some of those members might be.

  •  I've emailed, and tried to call using the tool (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    CenPhx, allenjo

    provided in the link. When I enter the requested zipcode I repeatedly get "Sorry, we did not recognize that zipcode." Guess I will phone the old fashioned way but I hope it doesn't dissuede others.

  •  My Email To My Senators And Representative (1+ / 0-)
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    CenPhx

    Could you please support the USA Freedom Act (H.R. 3361/S. 1599) and oppose S. 1631, the so-called FISA Improvements Act?

    I don't expect the government to prevent terrorist attacks.  I expect them to apprehend and punish those responsible when they occur.

    If I was a communist, rich men would fear me...And the opposite applies. The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.

    by stewarjt on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 09:59:16 AM PST

    •  they can prevent (0+ / 0-)

      some of them if they act correctly.

      The government knew about the Boston bombers but failed to take appropriate action

      you wait until the fight is over, one guy is left standing. And that's how you know who won.

      by GideonAB on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 11:03:01 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  My Point Is (0+ / 0-)

        That the emphasis shifted from apprehension and conviction to prevention.  This effort leads exactly to the type of domestic spying we're supposed to be fighting today.  The government's job isn't to prevent crime before it happens.  The odds of dying in a terrorist attack are higher than winning the lottery.  Therefore, I demand my privacy back and I'll take my chances.

        If I was a communist, rich men would fear me...And the opposite applies. The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.

        by stewarjt on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 11:43:20 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  Link worked fine, but Senator's phone line didn't (1+ / 0-)
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    dclawyer06

    Impressive system (slightly creepy perhaps). Put phone number in and within seconds my home phone was ringing with an automated message from someone at Today We Fight Back. He gave instructions that I'd be connected to Sen Gillibrand's office and a script to read from, adding that when I was finished to hit that * key to be connected next to my congresswoman.

    I held the line, and was forced to listen to very regal classical music, that made me feel like I was standing in front of the House of Habsburg instead of waiting to speak with someone from my democratically-elected representative's office. Fittingly, I suppose, the empress wasn't in and neither were the other imperial nobles and the phone just rang an rang until it ended with a busy signal.

    The aristocratic corporatocracy doesn't take calls from rabble such as thee, I thought to myself.

    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts." Mark Twain

    by thirty three and a third on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 10:12:21 AM PST

    •  Keep her honest! (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      allenjo

      Has she spoken anout the nsa at all?
      She tends to fly under the radar...

    •  I used the system @ 0745 CST (0+ / 0-)

      and it worked perfectly.  Calls went right through to both Senators (unfortunately through to VM) and Representative (VM was full!)

      I also did the email thing.

      Since one of my Senators limited emails to 500 characters (yup, 3.57x a twitter account?!?!) I doubt the email to him will actually go through.

      For bonus points, guess from which party this dumbed-down Senator hails.
      (Republican - RoJo of Wisconsin, the oft cited dumbest sitting US Senator.)

  •  Thanks for writing about this... (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    allenjo

    I'm eager to take a stand.

  •  But my rep is Steve Stockman, my Senators are (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Dallasdoc

    Cornyn and Cruz.

    I'd rather call the IRS, or visit the dentist.

    Seriously, though, I'm on it.

    Our government is not yet small enough to drown in a bathtub. That doesn't mean it can't be waterboarded.

    by furrfu on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 12:20:36 PM PST

  •  Done (0+ / 0-)

    Thanks. DK, one stop activism.


    Libertarianism is something that most people grow out of, not unlike, say, hay fever or asthma. Bob Johnson

    by randallt on Tue Feb 11, 2014 at 06:24:43 PM PST

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