Privacy Under Attack: The NSA Files Revealed New Threats to Democracy

Privacy under attack: the NSA files revealed new threats to democracy, by Eben Moglen. “It is utterly inconsistent with the American ideal to attempt to fasten procedures of totalitarianism on American constitutional self-governance. But there is an even deeper inconsistency between those ideals and the subjection of every other society on earth to mass surveillance.” Recommended reading.


Hat tip: Bruce Schneier. There’s more to learn in the comments on his link. Based on lectures by Eben Moglen at Columbia Law School in association with the Software Freedom Law Center.

Stop Watching Us

Stop Watching Us: The Video

From the description of Stop Watching Us: The Video:

StopWatching.us is a coalition of more than 100 public advocacy organizations and companies from across the political spectrum. Join the movement at https://rally.stopwatching.us. This video harnesses the voices of celebrities, activists, legal experts, and other prominent figures in speaking out against mass surveillance by the NSA. Please share widely to help us spread the message that we will not stand for the dragnet surveillance of our communications.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is a nonprofit civil liberties law and advocacy center that has been fighting the NSA’s unconstitutional spying for years. Learn more at https://eff.org.


Hat tip: Kurzweil Accelerating Intelligence.

Independence Day 2013

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

U.S. Const. amend. IV