This Far No further!

NSA Spying and You

Got the following message:

“In most issues of EFFector, we give an overview of all the work we’re doing at EFF right now. This week, we’re taking a deep dive into a single issue: new revelations of a massive domestic surveillance program leaked to the Guardian and Washington Post./

Last night, we received confirmation from a report in the Guardian that the National Security Agency (NSA) is currently collecting the call records of every Verizon customer in America. The NSA order forces Verizon to provide “on an ongoing daily basis” all call records for any call–wholly within the United States, including local telephone calls– and any call made “between the United States and abroad.”

And that’s not all. Today, the Washington Post and the Guardian published reports based on information provided by a career intelligence officer showing how the NSA and the FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies. The government is extracting audio, video, photographs, e-mails, documents, and connection logs that enable analysts to track a person’s movements and contacts over time.”

Read the whole story

My take on the above?

Who cares?!

No, I care.

I care a lot.

We’ve become a republic that accepts abuses that would have toppled administrations and broken monopolies only a few decades ago.

Much of that is programming. The free press that should bring us the news of monstrous monopolies and loss of rights, are owned by the monstrous monopolies.

So we have ever fewer voices that are out there actually lobbying or fighting for the rights of the citizen or the individual to be free, when most corporations are lobbying the government ever harder to make us enslaved.

And when it comes to the digital landscape, that is out of the scope and understanding of most of our legislators, there are even fewer voices to stand for us.

The EFF is one of those voices.

If you are a member of this blog, if you use the internet, if you use email, if you believe in the rights of man and the idea of privacy, and this increasingly under threat idea of liberty and freedom for all, I urge you to today, today not tomorrow, today take the money you would normally spend on a forgettable meal, or misc video rentals, or a video game, or comics, or music downloads, … and instead spend it on something… of weight.

Helping the EFF fight for your rights.

The story above should be all the incentive you need to help the EFF draw a line in the sand and say to the out of control agencies and acronyms of the US, ‘This Far No Further!”. However as an additional incentive, for any subscribers to this blog who today becomes a member of EFF, I will do a matching donation of $5. So I will pay $5 per Heroic Times subscriber who becomes an EFF member today.

I can ill afford such… extravagance. But I think when it is for a cause worthy, and to ends necessary, sacrifice… sacrifice is warranted. And sacrifice of money and voice is a cheap sacrifice to make, to keep rights won with blood and the unquiet tumult of our dead. Who gave their last best measure that you could stand in the light, rather than shackled in the dark.

Ohhhh, deep.

Anyhow, my dramatic nature aside, just notify EFF when you sign up that you are a Heroic Times subscriber, and have them contact me. And bing bang boom, you’ve done something good for yourself (in addition to helping them help you, they give out great tshirts! :)) and you’ve also done something of value for the larger world.

How many days can we say we’ve done both?

So yeah, I know that we are all already inundated with our own problems, but many of our personal problems stem from the same type of abuse of power that the EFF is embroiled in fighting.

So by helping them wage the larger fight, you also help yourself wage the smaller.

Okay, that’s all. I’m off my soap box. And to all those acronyms that go through all these illegal means to know what the individual wants, well I will tell you what this individual wants; this individual wants to preserve the right to tell you… no.

Here endeth the lesson.


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