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The Online Movement Against Warrantless Spying, 2008 and Now

In the 6-day period between July 2 and July 7 2008, as the Senate prepared to pass a regime of warrantless surveillance under the auspices of the FISA Amendments Act, ten thousand Americans added their names to a declaration opposing the legislation and calling upon presidential candidate Barack Obama to vote NO.

In the 6 [...]

Sign Open Letter to Barack Obama: Roll Back the Surveillance State

The Bill of Rights Defense Committee has posted an open letter written to Barack Obama on the subject of spreading surveillance by the United States Government. The letter reads:

Dear President Obama,

In your response to Get FISA Right’s July 2008 Open Letter on my.barackobama.com, you promised to run “a White House that takes [...]

Multiblog Appeal: To Get FISA Right, Write Your Letters Now

[Crossposted today at Get FISA Right]

From its inception, Get FISA Right has been dedicated to building an online movement from within the context of the Obama for President campaign. But the passage of time and the turn of events have led to some subtle and not-so-subtle changes in Get FISA Right’s focus.

During 2008, [...]

In a Small Minority, Harness the Power of Honest Embarrassment

Last week I went to the National Equality March. I saw tens of thousands of people marching in the street for equal rights. I saw ONE man, Randall Terry, standing all alone, straddling a sandwich board with an image of an aborted fetus and shouting into a megaphone. The news cameras and the photographers had [...]

Get FISA Right: Good Source for Info and Activism on Surveillance Politics

As government surveillance reform takes a new turn, there’s been very little notice of it: WIRED outreported the Washington Post, which has failed to even mention yesterday’s Senate Judiciary Committee markup of a bill to extend Patriot Act authority for four more years. As the papers give short shrift (or no shrift) to warrantless surveillance [...]

Transparent Participatory Activism: Help Get FISA Right

When Barack Obama was in the middle of a primary fight, he gave a good talk about civil liberty in the United States of America:

You will have elected a president who has taught the Constitution and believes in the Constitution and will obey the Constitution of the United States of America.

The Obama campaign [...]

Secondary Activism: Vote Surveillance Reform Up on Change.org

Jon Pincus of Get FISA Right points me to a competition of ideas at Change.org. People are invited to submit their ideas for presidential priorities in the new administration, and/or to vote up or down the ideas others have submitted:

Submit your ideas for how to change America, discuss with others, and vote for your [...]

Get FISA Right in the Middle of a Blind Spot on Obama

This morning, I received an e-mail inviting me to visit a website called Get FISA Right. With Repeal FISA lying in a coma, I went to take a look. The group describes itself as “non-partisan”:

Our members are a diverse group of nonpartisans from all walks of life who believe that the rights and liberties [...]