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The Day We Fight Back Against Mass Surveillance- Tues., Feb. 11

World Can't Wait's Message for February 11: The Day We Fight Back

 
World Can't Wait | February 6, 2014

 

We in the US have a government that relies on terror and repression to maintain its rule, here and around the world. We live in a country whose government assassinates thousands with drones. Our government, driven by the relentless pursuit of profit, is plundering the earth, exploiting humanity, and imperiling our planet's very viability. This government tortures people while holding them indefinitely without trial and uses warrantless surveillance over all of us to try to identify those who might pose a threat to their agenda.

President Obama recently announced that the vast NSA spying will continue, with a few restrictions. Edward Snowden and the journalists who are still releasing stories from the files he made available are being called spies and being threatened with assasination by members of the US Congress. Once again, the role of those commiting crimes, and the victims, are reversed.

Tuesday, February 11 is
The Day We Fight Back against mass surveillance. Organizations, companies and online platforms are joining in to say, "This moment is whatever we, the broad community of people who care about the Internet, make of it. Post a comment with a link to every NSA-related story. Make and share a meme. Build a website. Organize an event. Then This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we can spread the word."

Some organizations are directing people to support bills in Congress, like the "USA Freedom Act" put forward by James Sensenbrenner, a sponsor of the USA PATRIOT Act in 2001. But, the most decisive factor that the people can take to defeat the outrageous mass surveillance is to build mas resistance, not by "limiting" or "mending" illegitimate actions of the government.

HOW INTERNET USERS CAN HELP:

  1. Visit TheDayWeFightBack.org
  2. Sign up to indicate that you'll participate and receive updates.
  3. Sign up to install widgets on websites encouraging its visitors to fight back against surveillance. (These are being finalized in coming days.)
  4. Use the social media tools on the site to announce your participation.
  5. Develop memes, tools, websites, and do whatever else you can to participate -- and encourage others to do the same.

When Obama talks about “national security” he means securing the US government's right to commit crimes with impunity.

A government that commits such crimes should be ridiculed and opposed whenever they tout their supposed “freedom” and “democracy.”

Mass surveillance is unacceptable and we must say NO to it.

Government officials won't stop this without mass protest. Why should we rely on those who started the crimes to stop those same crimes?

We draw inspiration from and stand with Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning, the hunger strikers at GTMO and domestic US prisons, and other courageous resisters who have illuminated the truth about what this government does. This is what the U.S government correctly fears.

It is on us, the millions of people living in this country, acting together with people around the world, to stand up, tell the truth, and say no. February 11, make it known to the world that we will not accept mass surveillance or any other crime committed by the US Government in the name of “national security."

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0 # bmcotran13 2014-02-10 21:41
Weber says, "Bureaucratic administration always tends to be an administration of 'secret sessions': in so far as it can, it hides its knowledge and action from criticism."P.15 1 McIntosh. Thx to Edward Snowden & Chelsea Manning, public has been exposed to the secrets of our bureaucracy. Weber says, "The tendency toward secrecy in certain administrative fields follows their material nature."p. 151 McIntosh. My interpretation of this would relates to "War on Terror", & "Operation Iraqi Freedom" or...OIL! Bush told lies about "weapons of mass destruction". I'm sure that we've been lied to for years, & it needs to stop! Tomorrow, we are able to take a stand to the lies and mass surveillance in Los Angeles. As mentioned, this is no longer a democratic & free country. Only way that things will change is if we take a stand and fight for our constitutional rights that our forefathers laid before us. Lets hope fear the gov't has instilled doesn't take precedence, stopping ppl from protest.
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+1 # Dennis Loo 2014-02-11 02:24
When the socialist camp came apart in the 1970s & 1980s, the capitalist world no longer had a rival that it had to contend with and deal with. In the domestic arena, for ex., our rulers immediately went after unions to try to destroy or at least weaken them (e.g., Reagan and the Air Traffic Controllers Union), after the social safety net, social subsidies of education, et al, and began to institute neoliberal policies that celebrate individualism and treating the public interest as non-existent. This included Prop 13 (which has turned Calif's education from first in the nation to last) and eliminating the Fairness Doctrine which allowed the Rightwing media empire to develop because broadcasters no longer had to give equal time to opposing viewpoints and they could thereby create this audiences that will believe anything Fox et al tell them such as the Birthers.
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0 # bmcotran13 2014-02-13 05:40
In previous classes I have been made aware that Reagan's administration was responsible for weakening unions and closing down many factories which led to the outsourcing of jobs. I have always felt that "Reaganomics" are partly responsible for the state of the capitalistic society that we live in. Would you agree with that statement? It is very saddening that we live in a society with a government that does not look out for our best interests. Was Reagan a 'charismatic' leader as Weber would say? I feel that people followed him because of his Hollywood charm, but I was not around to personally witness this. Weber says, "The development of the money economy, in so far as a pecuniary compensation of the officials is concerned, is a presupposition of bureaucracy."(p g. 148, McIntosh) This alone tells us that even though a bureaucracy should be concerned with the well being of the citizens, one of its main concerns is monetary. Reagan's actions were motivated by profit.
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