Revelations about President Obama’s mass spying program have brought people across the political spectrum together calling for reform. The latest example is today’s Day We Fight Back Against Mass Surveillance.
It’s an international coalition day of action endorsed by groups ranging from progressives to libertarians, Republicans to Democrats – as well as companies like Reddit and non-partisan organizations like Greenpeace, Electronic Frontier Foundation and Amnesty.
We are calling on the U.S. government to bring its use of surveillance into compliance with the U.S. Constitution and international human rights law and standards.
One key step in this direction – and a focus for the Day of Action – is passage of the USA Freedom Act, a bi-partisan bill that would help end the mass collection of information about our telephone calls and require greater transparency by the Obama administration about its use of surveillance.
You can call or email your two Senators and Representative direct from this useful action widget straight from the coalition’s website: https://thedaywefightback.org/
Regardless of citizenship or location, all people have the right to privacy under international law, and government surveillance must be, among other requirements, necessary and proportionate to a legitimate aim. Human rights safeguards allow for lawful, effective surveillance while protecting against unchecked government power.