Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Day We Fight Back: Protesting the NSA Mass Surveillance

You may have noticed a large banner covering half of my blog today. That banner is in place to show you, my followers, that I oppose the mass surveillance going on by the National Security Agency (NSA) and urge you all to join me in emailing and/or calling your state senator (those inside the US that is) and let them know that you oppose it too. There are two bills that are going through our legislators right now: The USA Freedom Act, which reforms the NSA surveillance and makes it illegal for them to do it on such a massive scale; and the FISA Improvements Act which legalizes bulk data collection. I strongly urge you to oppose the FISA Improvements Act and show our government that we do not agree with being spied on. We deserve our privacy and our freedom. These are basic human rights and they should not be infringed upon.

Yesterday I said that I was going to stay away from the internet, which is for the most part true, but I feel like I should be spreading the word about this whole The Day We Fight Back thing.

Here are some facts that you may not know about the NSA and the surveillance they've been doing ON YOU:

The NSA "has secretly broken into the main communications links that connect Yahoo and Google data centers around the world." — THE NEW YORK TIMES

The NSA collected "almost 3 billion pieces of intelligence from US computer networks" in one month in 2013. — THE GUARDIAN

The NSA is collecting the content and metadata of emails, web activity, chats, social networks, and everything else as part of what it calls "upstream" collection. — THE WASHINGTON POST

The NSA "is harvesting hundreds of millions of contact lists from personal e-mail and instant messaging accounts around the world, many of them belonging to Americans." — THE WASHINGTON POST

The NSA "is gathering nearly 5 billion records a day on the whereabouts of cellphones around the world." — THE WASHINGTON POST

The NSA "is searching the contents of vast amounts of Americans’ e-mail and text communications into and out of the country." — THE NEW YORK TIMES

I don't know about you but none of this sits well with me. So if you want to learn more and you want to do something about it, go to this website. Read the information and then CALL or EMAIL your state senator and tell them that you don't agree with what the NSA does. You believe in your freedom and your right to privacy and the NSA needs to be reformed. I understand that we need a way to keep ourselves safe, to find terrorists and discover their plans preferably before they've had a chance to go through with them, however THIS is not the way to do it.

Not long ago there was a massive internet blackout to protest the SOPA/PIPA bills which threatened to censor the internet and the protesters WON. This is just as important. So please do everything you can to let the government know this is WRONG.

If you're not in the United States, you can still help. Just click on this link and you can also send an email telling the United States government you do not agree with their surveillance of your private conversations. They are spying on you too!

So far 19,927 emails have been sent and 2,401 phone calls have been made. And this number is continuing to grow at a quick rate. Will yours be next?? I sure hope so.

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-Kelly