Using the powers granted under the FISA Amendments Act and Patriot Act to establish unreasonable search and seizure of Americans’ homes, records, and communications by government agents, without any suspicion of a crime, the American military has moved its spies into almost every American home. These military spies, headquartered at the National Security Agency, have been watching ordinary Americans, to see what we do, who we talk to, what we buy – practically everything that we do. These days, there’s an electronic record of practically everything that we do, and the military’s spies at the NSA have seized control of that record.
Those who remember how governments have used surveillance systems in the past understand the danger that this military system spying against Americans poses to our liberty. Never before, however, has there been a surveillance system anything close to this large deployed by a military against a civilian population. The possible consequences, if this military spying network is allowed to survive, are terrifying.
It’s a early yet to know what form the resistance to project PRISM and the other unconstitutional NSA spying systems will be. Please, if you know of any protests being organized, post them in the comments section of this article.
Here are some initial opportunities for activism on this issue, however:
Live near New York City? Activists are gathering at 12:00 noon today at Union Square in New York City.
Prepare for Restore The Fourth street protests on the Fourth of July.
Another protest is being organized to take place outside the Boston headquarters of Verizon, on June 14.
Over on the West Coast, how about we crash Netroots Nation? Netroots Nation is an annual gathering of online activists who typically applaud Democratic Party politicians. We have discovered that Democratic Party politicians have joined with George W. Bush’s Republicans to body slam our online privacy, so it’s time for Netroots Nation to start talking back to the Democratic Party, don’t you think? Netroots Nation is meeting in just 10 days from now in San Jose, California.
Sign the petitions logged in the official White House system to repeal the Patriot Act, to pardon Edward Snowden, to impeach Judge Roger Vinson for authorizing the Verizon phone data grab and to demand the resignation of Barack Obama.
Call your U.S. Representative and 2 U.S. Senators. Yes, this sounds hokey, but if these politicians in Congress do not hear from their constituents, they will interpret that silence as approval of the NSA spying programs. The congressional switchboard is at (202) 224-3121
Call the National Security Agency on your Verizon phone. When someone answers the phone, just say, “I am calling on a Verizon telephone. You should know that this call is being tracked by government spies.”
Among the public telephone numbers for the National Security Agency are:
I’m endorsing this next one with a BIG asterisk: Consider contributing to a legal defense fund for Edward Snowden. The asterisk is that I want to confirm that we have some way of knowing that the money is really going to a legal defense fund for Edward Snowden before I fully recommend action on this front… I’ll check back in with that information.
Boycott the Searched Online Services
The security of Yahoo, AOL, Facebook, Google, Hotmail, etc. has been compromised. One way you can protest the NSA is to cut them off – by logging out of these systems, and deleting the cookies put on your computer by these companies to track your activities.
If Facebook activity plunges, and if people find alternatives to Google, members of Congress are going to start getting some passionate attention from freaked out tech company lobbyists.
Be careful of this one. Protest organizers should be wary of using social media, what with the National Security Agency using places like Facebook to spy on Americans.
Still, if you really must stay on Facebook, at least use your account to keep awareness of this issue alive. Even though it annoys your friends who only want to see muffin recipes and pictures of kittens, keep posting links to news, and to protests related to the NSA spying program. Change your profile graphic to… oh, I don’t know, here’s an example over to the right.
It’s time for the Occupy Movement to get back on it’s feet, don’t you think? Contact the people you met during your participation in the Occupy protests, and organize a new wave of action!