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When the NSA & universities collaborate: a discussion with leading privacy experts at Johns Hopkins University

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 10:17 am by

bca8e39ceOn Tuesday, April 15, BORDC executive director, Shahid Buttar, spoke on a panel with privacy experts, Christopher Soghoian, ACLU Technologist, Matt Green and Joel Andreas, Johns Hopkins University professors, to discuss ways the intelligence community has begun to co-opt our higher education system. Each year the NSA gives millions of dollars to universities around the country in the form of scholarships, research grants, training, technology, and promises of jobs to students. This degree of influence and the bias it creates is concerning, particularly in the way the issues of mass surveillance is addressed and responded to on these campuses. Below is video from the evening’s discussion.

Cities around the country say: fusion centers are wasteful, fraudulent, and ineffective

Friday, April 11, 2014 at 12:43 pm by

Screen Shot 2014-04-10 at 10.48.20 PMThursday, April 10, 2014 was a National Day of Action against Fusion Centers. Diverse, multiracial grassroots coalitions from around the country held rallies, press conferences, and creative actions to challenges civil liberties by fusion centers, which coordinate the surveillance activities of local police alongside federal agencies like the NSA and FBI. Fusion centers have operated at unknown cost, failed to meaningfully serve a public benefit, and drawn critics including Senators across the partisan spectrum, the ACLU, environmentalists, Muslim Americans, peace activists, and Ron Paul supporters.

Participating cities in yesterday’s action included: Boston, Charlotte, Dallas, Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco, and Washington DC. Below the jump are quotes from organizers, as well as photos and videos from several of the sites.


Automatic license plate readers: a tool of the American dragnet

Friday, April 4, 2014 at 8:35 am by

1plates080912In a two-part series Al-Jazeera explores the dangers automatic license plate readers present to Americans basic fundamental rights, and the ease with which local law enforcement and other government agencies can access personal data without reasonable suspicion or a warrant.


The grand irony of Feinstein’s response to CIA spying

Friday, March 14, 2014 at 12:25 pm by

Screen Shot 2014-03-14 at 12.21.14 PMCA Senator Diane Feinstein response to the CIA further proves why she is unfit to serve in any capacity on the Senate Intelligence Committee.


BORDC executive director on fighting against the NSA & big government

Friday, February 28, 2014 at 8:11 am by

Buttar-Blaze2On Tuesday, February 11, BORDC executive director appeared on The Blaze with Andrew Wilkow to talk about the idea driving The Day We Fight Back.




Raise your voice on Bill of Rights Day

Friday, December 13, 2013 at 8:44 pm by

Whistleblower reports have offered insight into the remarkable breadth of domestic surveillance by the National Security Agency (NSA), as well as other federal, state, and local agencies. The vast majority of Americans monitored by domestic spy programs are not suspected of any crime, yet are pervasively watched nonetheless. You and your neighbors are being monitored in your workplaces, schools, houses of faith, homes, and political gathering spaces. The targets include professionals, community leaders, and even elected officials—whose complicity in the erosion of your civil liberties is alarming.

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Photo from Dallas action on Bill of Rights Day 2013


Dropping in on the NSA

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 10:55 am by

As Congress considers dozens of bills to curtail NSA domestic surveillance, the grassroots firestorm opposing dragnet spying has continued to escalate. Coalitions across the country have employed creative tactics to display visual  dissent, reaching beyond the incremental reforms considered by Congress and calling for the National Security Agency (NSA) to be closed entirely.

On December 6, grassroots activists from across the DC / MD / VA area dropped banners reading “Save America. Close the NSA” off a highway overpass outside the NSA headquarters in Ft. Meade, MD. (more…)

Take a creative action for National Bill of Rights Day (we did and it was awesome)

Monday, December 9, 2013 at 6:16 pm by

BORDC Legal Fellow Matthew Kellegrew led a group of activists in a banner drop action against the NSA in Oakland California. This short video shows how you can get out into your community and make your voice heard.

Creative actions are exciting and engaging ways to connect your community to the fight against unconstitutional NSA spying.

NYC v. NSA: a guerrilla video world premiere

Monday, October 21, 2013 at 10:00 am by

Fight for The Future, in partnership with the BORDC, Restore the Fourth NYC, Demand Progress and other privacy groups in the Stop Watching Us coalition debuted their new film The NSA Video this week in Manhattan, New York.

BORDC Legal Fellow Matthew Kellegrew joined the crowd as it gathered under the Grand Arch in Washington Square Park in the cool air of New York in the fall. At first, only a few people milled about unsure what to do but before long the few strangers became an unmistakable crowd. The organizers donned NSA costumes, handed out popcorn and briefed the crowd on what was to come.

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Comey hearing reveals no credibility on torture, surveillance

Friday, July 12, 2013 at 9:07 am by

On Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a confirmation hearing for James Comey, the nominee for Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director.

The most contentious points of the hearing, which was generally congenial, focused on Comey’s views on torture and his approval of waterboarding during the Bush administration.  While Comey asserted that he now believes that waterboarding is torture and is illegal, he struggled to explain his approval for the practice at the time.

Comey asserted that his decision at the time was based on the fact that 1994 statute governing torture was “very vague” and thus difficult to interpret.  On its face, however, his assertion is incredible.

Waterboarding is designed to — and does — induce the fear of drowning and suffocation for its victim. The law defines torture as an act  intended to “inflict severe physical or mental pain or suffering.” caused by, among other things:

(A) the intentional infliction or threatened infliction of severe physical pain or suffering;

(B) the administration or application, or threatened administration or application, of mind-altering substances or other procedures calculated to disrupt profoundly the senses or the personality;

(C) the threat of imminent death

The fear of death by drowning quite squarely fits all three.

Moreover, as pointed out at the hearing by Senator and Judiciary Committee Chair Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and later Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), waterboarding has been recognized to be torture since the Spanish Inquisition and the US has prosecuted US Citizens and Japanese soldiers alike for waterboarding.