On Tuesday April 29, BORDC led the OffNow coalition in helping enable a major victory in Sacramento, California. SB 828, the Fourth Amendment Protect Act based on the OffNow model, passed unanimously through the Senate Public Safety Committee, clearing a major hurdle on its journey to Senate floor. If enacted, the bill will prohibit California from providing material assistance to the NSA or other federal agencies engaged in warrantless mass surveillance.
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Shahid Buttar, BORDC executive director, appeared on the Blaze Network’s Wilkow! to discuss the national fight against the National Security Agency’s spy programs.
On Tuesday, February 11, the Bill of Rights Defense Committee was joined in a press conference supporting The Day We Fight Back by several organizing forces in the national movement to end mass surveillance. But one day earlier, on Monday, February 10, BORDC communications specialist, Adwoa Masozi, gave RT a small preview of what was to come, “It’s becoming more and more clear by the day that our struggle for civil liberties and the protection of that, it’s becoming less a left—right issue, and becoming more of an America versus authoritarianism issue. What we want to come out of this is legislation that has teeth – legislation that will put the American people in a position of power.”
Unwarranted mass surveillance has proven to be a universal issue, providing common ground for private corporations, libertarian groups, and civil liberty advocates to unite. On Tuesday February 11, a broad coalition will take a stand against the National Security Agency (NSA) and engage in a global day of action, “The Day We Fight Back.”
The Day We Fight Back is tied to the activist and technologist Aaron Swartz and his contributions to the digital rights movement. Swartz was a key individual in the movement to defeat the Stop Online Piracy Act, a bill that sought to limit access to sites with user-generated content. Because of the efforts of Swartz and other activists, the Internet remains intact as a universal platform for all users.
Tonight, we welcome the arrival of 2014 and reflect on 2013. It has truly been a remarkable year.
2013 transformed the debate on surveillance issues, due not only to a courageous whistleblower, but also to widespread dissent that is forcing our institutions — including all three branches of the federal government, and the national news media — to respond.
But we’re not done yet: the NSA dragnet continues, and remains merely one piece of a far more vast civil liberties crisis including aerial surveillance drones, FBI infiltration of activists groups and faith institutions, regional fusion centers and local intelligence collection, routinized racial & ideological profiling, torture with impunity, and the executive secrecy that allows these abuses to recur.
This guest blog post was written by Imad Khan.
On June 14, Texas Governor Rick Perry signed HB 912 into law, putting restrictions on the use of drones by law enforcement officials. This is a historic moment, especially in the wake of leaks from the NSA’s wiretapping schemes, confirming that Texas will not allow dragnet surveillance abuses by law enforcement agencies within the state’s jurisdiction.
It’s quite impressive that this bill came into law considering how powerfully its opposition challenged the measure’s sponsors and supporters. It took the cooperation of multiple parties to push this through, and Texas should be seen as a model for the rest of the country in regards to drones.
With the onset of the PATRIOT Act, it became apparent that technology could be used to violate civil liberties in the name of security. Many have scrutinized the PATRIOT Act, and later measures, for giving the executive branch overarching power without any congressional oversight. Legislatures across the country are trying to address the growing sources of civil liberties abuses by presenting bills that ensure some semblance of protection from arbitrary surveillance. Texas Representative Lance Gooden has done just that.