June 2013, Vol. 12 No. 06
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On June 5, The (UK) Guardian published a previously secret court order authorizing dragnet surveillance of millions of Americans without any pretense of justification, confirming concerns raised for years by civil libertarians.
Amid recent revelations including Department of Justice (DOJ) attacks on the press, and secret dragnet surveillance by the National Security Agency (NSA), BORDC informed communities and broadcast audiences about these abuses and their profound impact on all Americans.
Have you read BORDC’s blog lately? The People’s Blog for the Constitution has attracted a growing audience that has tripled over the past year. Featuring news & analysis beyond the headlines on a daily basis, it offers a great way to stay up to date and informed.
Highlights from the past month include:
- Obama vs. his administration’s legacy, by Shahid Buttar
- Comey FBI nomination will put spying in spotlight, by Michael Figura
- California Assembly Bill 351 passed nearly unanimously out of the State Assembly, byNadia Kayyali
- Connecticut breaks the ICE between immigrant communities and local police, by Alok Bhatt
- Texas takes steps to restrict surveillance drones, by Imad Khan
- Could scaling back the AUMF become a justification for more surveillance? By Kyla Kuvach
- Google, NSLs, and the future of privacy, by Joel Ayala
- A personal perspective of Ed Snowden, by Josh Wilson
- Solitary confinement abused in immigration and national security, by Farid Zakaria
- 60 Minutes: surveillance, privacy, and Next Generation Identification, by David Wilson
- Raise your voice beyond the news cycle: Tell candidates to restore civil liberties
BORDC seeks a communications specialist to manage the organization’s online social networking profiles and web presence, engage traditional media sources, and edit the People’s Blog for the Constitution. The position may be expanded to communications manager, with associated administrative and supervisory responsibilities, for the right candidate.
On Tuesday, June 11, BORDC legal fellow Nadia Kayyali joined Daniel Ellsberg, Icelandic member of parliament Birgitta Jónsdottír, and activist Norman Solomon to discuss “Our Vanishing Civil Liberties” outside San Francisco, CA. The event, moderated by volunteer NDAA attorney Bob Jaffe, was attended by nearly 600 people.
On Saturday, June 22, BORDC legal fellow Nadia Kayyali spoke at Netroots Nation. The panel, “Challenging Drones, From Pakistan to Oakland,” included ACLU of Northern California attorney Linda Lye, recent Stanford Law graduate and international drones expert Omar Shakir, and Human Rights Director at Alliance for San Diego Christian Ramirez. The speakers focused on the issues surrounding the domestic use of drones, drone use at the borders, and how they connect to the overseas use of drones.
- Around the country: Grassroots actions challenging NSA abuses on July 4
- Washington, DC and Montgomery County, MD: Coalitions challenge NSA Spying
- Philadelphia, PA: National meeting to coordinate resistance to drones
- North Carolina: Moral Mondays build grassroots resistance across the state
- North Carolina: Anti-drone legislation unlikely for vote before 2014
- Cleveland, OH: Civil and human rights activists face assault when confronting city leaders
- Chicago, IL: Coalition organizing broad community outreach activities
- Texas: Takes action to limit the use of surveillance drones
- California: Bill to stop indefinite military detention passes Assembly