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Wildly Inventive, Unsettlingly Unusual NSA Mix Tape Bike Ride in Washington DC July 4 2013

We Act Radio in Washington DC is throwing aside the once-subversive, now-staid “hey hey, ho ho” mode of protest, replacing it with a NSA Mix Tape Bike Ride that is framed in jarring terms:

Does that depiction of a massive surveillance plan sweeping up all major internet and phone-mediated communications in the United States make you uncomfortable? That’s the point — it should!

If you live in or near Washington, DC, consider an unusual, unsettling, disruptive protest of NSA surveillance tomorrow, July 4. Can you be there?

NSA Mix Tape Bike Ride Against the Obama Surveillance Program July 4 2013

3 thoughts on “Wildly Inventive, Unsettlingly Unusual NSA Mix Tape Bike Ride in Washington DC July 4 2013”

  1. Bill says:

    I’ve been thinking for a while now that the single most effective way to peacefully protest…and, more importantly, to gum up NSA’s unconstitutional internet tapping would be to organize a Spam The NSA movement. Simple in concept but powerful in practice, this would involve millions of protestors daily salting their emails, Google searches, Dropbox files, etc. with randomly selected hot-button words and phrases, such as plutonium, bomb, AK-47, Khalid Sheik Mohammed, riot, protest, Iran, revolution…you get the idea. Based on the ‘garbage in, garbage out’ principle, this might be expected to so crap up the spooks’ databases as to render them pretty much useless.

    Is there an app for that?

    1. Jim Cook says:

      I’ve been inclined to the same strategy, but I suspect that the real bulk of activity by the government here has nothing to do with terrorism. What are the keywords the government are into? Also, the government apparently uses network analysis, not just content analysis, to study the structure of connections between people who are using key phrases. That means you’d have to set up networks of activists to simulate cells of _______ [what?].

      1. Bill says:

        Yes, I’m sure that content analysis and network analysis go hand-in-hand. But hey, just zap a few junk emails to, say, the Interests Section of the Islamic Republic of Iran (, John Boehner (, the Ecuadorian ambassador to the United Kingdom (, Wikileaks’ legal defense team ( or any other combination of obvious targets, and – hey presto! – you’re networked!

        I feel the need to point out that here, as in any protest movement, there’s strength (and a measure of safety) in numbers. Kids, don’t go doing this all on your lonesome. It takes a village…or maybe even a whole country. That’s why it needs an app to make it simple and transparent!

        Spam The NSA!

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