After discussions with people in Get FISA Right as well as others (including EFF, ACLU, privacy advocates, and journalists), I’ve put together a proposal for a 2009 Strategy. There’s also a Strategy Backgrounder, with a brief history, and a discussion of our strengths and challenges — as well as challenges for the anti-FISA forces in general.
This is the first published draft, so it’s far from final. Feedback, suggestions, criticisms, all very welcome! There’s a thread on the wiki here; replies to to this post are welcome too.
A quick overview:
Key goals for the year for anti-FISA forces
- Obama living up to his campaign promises: acting against immunity, respecting privacy and the rule of law
- Significant change in public opinion to the point where there’s strong evidence that the vast majority of Americans (60%+) oppose continuing the “national surveillance state” approach to providing the illusion of security
- Congressional action: repeal of the PATRIOT Act and FISA reform
Summary of proposed strategy
January: lay groundwork (communications, reconnect with MyBO, Ideas for Change competiation, SaysMe ad, …)
January 20-May 1 (first 100 days): remain a group of Obama supporters and continue our conversation with him attempting to influence his initial executive actions. Key asks:
- stay immunity lawsuits until after the Inspectors’ General report in July
- comply with FISA and other legislation (including the warrant requirements) and clarify that he will not assert “Article II” power
- defer bulk surveillance of Americans, even though it has been authorized by the FAA
- maybe also something about appointments to NSA, CIA, DHS, etc?
May/June: decide on our longer-term organization (partisan or non-partisan? merge with an existing organization? etc.)
July-end of year: pressure Congress and Obama; with sections 206 and 215 of the PATRIOT Act expiring at the end of the year, this is the most likely situation for legislative action
There’s much more at http://get-fisa-right.wetpaint.com/page/Strategy+and+priorities … please discuss!