Cross-posted on Get FISA Right
Get FISA Right started on June 26, 2008, with posts by Mardi S on my.barackobama.com and Mike Stark on Open Left. We were the first high-profile grassroots social network activism campaign in the US and got enough attention that Obama responded to our open letter. Still, we and our allies lost that battle over the disastrous FISA Amendments Act. And since then, it’s been more of the same.
Five more years of the NSA vacuuming up our phone and internet information.
Five more years without meaningful oversight.
Five more years of evasion and outright lies in Congressional testimony.
Five more years of secret court rulings.
Five more years of legal maneuvering to try to prevent EFF, ACLU, or anybody else from challenging the laws’ constitutionality.
Five more years of Patriot Act and FISA reauthorization.
Happy f—ing birthday.
But after the firestorm of publicity in response to the recent leaks, I’m increasingly optimistic that momentum is building for a change.