Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Up the NSA

I am indeed sick of complaining, and so am adding my voice (such as it is) to the international community of #fuckoffnsa.  Or #getarealjobnsa.  Here's the gig*:
In January 2012 we defeated the SOPA and PIPA censorship legislation with the largest Internet protest in history. Today we face another critical threat, one that again undermines the Internet and the notion that any of us live in a genuinely free society: mass surveillance.

In celebration of the win against SOPA and PIPA two years ago, and in memory of one of its leaders, Aaron Swartz, we are planning a day of protest against mass surveillance, to take place this February 11th.

Together we will push back against powers that seek to observe, collect, and analyze our every digital action. Together, we will make it clear that such behavior is not compatible with democratic governance. Together, if we persist, we will win this fight.
In a society run by criminals, the proper place for an honest man is in prison.  OK, then.  Join us.

Hope not.  Join us.  The truncheon has been used in lieu of conversation.  OK, then.  The battle is joined, the game afoot.

More than words.  Perspectives.  And it's not just me.  The Maryland Legislature is getting into the fray:
The National Security Agency’s headquarters in Ft. Meade, Md., will go dark if a cohort of Maryland lawmakers has its way.

Eight Republicans in the 141-member Maryland House of Delegates introduced legislation Thursday that would deny the electronic spy agency “material support, participation or assistance in any form” from the state, its political subdivisions or companies with state contracts.

The bill would deprive NSA facilities water and electricity carried over public utilities, ban the use of NSA-derived evidence in state courts and prevent state universities from partnering with the NSA on research.

* Note to the organizers of this event: your javascript sucks canal water.  Feed me a working banner and I'll put it up.

1 comment:

R.K. Brumbelow said...

Sadly none of which will change the culture that lead to the situation we are in. The NSA is a symptom, not the disease. To date 2,400 + people have been killed via drone strikes that the president claims he has personally overseen. There is some small debate that a US CITIZEN WHO HAS NEVER BEEN CHARGED IN A COURT OF LAW, EVEN IN ABSENTIA may be targeted by a drone strike. The debate though is not about why we as a nation are wiping our collective asses with the Constitution, but if we should murder someone with a drone. Oh and the preponderance of evidence against these drone strike victims? NSA meta data.

But let me make it clear, republicans, democrats and independents are collectively to blame for this. Democrats and independents re-elected the clowns in charge, and the republicans keep snatching defeat from the jaws if victory with poor candidates and campaigns. America is becoming what most americans want, ancient rome waiting on the barbarians to tell us what we can keep.