July 2014, Vol. 13 No. 07
Journalists reveal government monitoring political activists
Earlier this month, journalists revealed the names of five American targets of the NSA’s surveillance dragnet. This was the first time that Americans who have never been arrested, or even suspected of terrorist activity, have been individually identified as targets for government monitoring.
Since the story was published, Greenwald has spoken candidly about the reasons for his delay in reporting the names, as well as why it matters. As he explained to Wired magazine, “This is the first time that there’s a human face on who the targets are….I think it’s important for people to judge—are these really terrorists or are these people who seem to be targeted for their political dissidence and their political activism?”
Have you read BORDC’s blog lately? The People’s Blog for the Constitution features news & analysis beyond the headlines.
- “From Cops to Soldiers: the American police state and the militarization of law enforcement ” by Christian Bashi
- “Government spying on the peace movement” by Matthew Kellegrew
- “Anti-drone grandmother sentenced to one year” by Becca Bodner
- “New study confirms: domestic terror prosecutions contrived” by Courtney Clark
- “PCLOB flops on Internet spying” by BORDC Staff
- “House moves to rein in NSA Internet surveillance” by Shahid Buttar
- “Senate Intel Committee exhorted to move beyond USA Freedom Act” by BORDC Staff
- “CIA stonewalling transparency on torture even after Senate vote” by Adam Weiss
- “BORDC welcomes new Communications Specialist“ by BORDC Staff
To view campaigns supported by BORDC at a glance, visit our interactive campaign maps for local coalitions addressing surveillance and profiling by local law enforcement, or military detention under the NDAA. To get involved in any of these efforts, please email the BORDC Organizing Team at organizing (at) bordc (dot) org. We’re eager to hear from you and help support your activism!
BORDC in the News
Activists within BORDC sometimes appear in the news. We make it a point to spread our message through various media, including print, online, radio, and television. Check out what we’ve been up to.
- May 21: BORDC’s Shahid Buttar appeared on RT America‘s evening news program to explain how bipartisan Washington establisment co-opted the USA FREEDOM Act
- May 30: The inaugural episode of Redacted Tonight featured Shahid, whoexplained the shortcomings of the USA FREEDOM Act
- June 5: BORDC’s Matthew Kellegrew talked about spy programs
- June 24: Shahid appeared on The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann to talk about NSA reform
- July 9: Kelly Glass, Ed Rankin, and Shahid discussed government overreachon Red Pill Radio
- July 10: Shahid joined Thom Hartmann to discuss NSA spying
- July 26: Shahid spoke on Uprising Radio about the SCOTUS decisions requring warrants for police to search cell phones
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