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Before Saturday’s Surveillance Protest: Meet, Debate, and Encrypt

You should already know that on Saturday, October 26 there will be a protest against massive unconstitutional surveillance of the American people in Washington, DC. If you want to take part, show up outside Union Station at 12 noon for a march to the U.S. Capitol building. The weather looks like it will be great — sunny with a mild breeze in the 50s. I hope to see you there.

If you’ve really got the time to spare, the organizers of the march against surveillance will have some nifty educational events going on in the days leading up to the march. In the early evening of Thursday October 24, former Green Party presidential candidate Jared Ball will join civil liberties advocates in a panel discussion entitled “Enemies of the State? Government Surveillance of Communities of Color”.

The next day, a CryptoParty Happy Hour will be held at the Dupont Circle offices of Public Citizen. Co-sponsored by the the Electronic Privacy Information Center, the event will feature nine tech experts from 7 different organizations advising you on how you can secure your communications to protect yourself (as much as is possible) from NSA, FBI and other snooping.

But don’t forget the main event:

Saturday, October 26.
Union Station.
Washington, DC.
A hopefully massive protest against undeniably massive surveillance.
I hope to see you there.

2 thoughts on “Before Saturday’s Surveillance Protest: Meet, Debate, and Encrypt”

  1. John Lewis Mealer says:

    Wish I could make it…
    There are very few ways to send the dirt bags the message without being shot or just disappearing.

    Godspeed to those who can make it. Wonder if the news will cover any of it?

    1. Jim Cook says:


      There are a lot of ways to send the message without being shot or disappearing. The problem is that not a lot of people in the United States are bothering to send the message. I hear you that from Arizona, travel to a DC protest is pretty impossible. But huge numbers of people are within fairly easy travel distance. I hope they can make it… and as Occupy showed us, if people start reporting the news on their own, eventually the professional newssters will catch up. So one thing you can do from your own home is to cover what you do know about the protest. Spread video. Spread photos. Spread transcripts of speeches.

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