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America tells Congress to #StopSpying

I wrote a letter to Congress exhorting it to enact transformative reforms to stop the NSA dragnet, and recruited nearly 50 organizations from across the political spectrum and every corner of the country to sign it. The Hill quoted it at some length, while noting the remarkable breadth among the signing organizations, before the Washington Post also quoted it at length in the context of criticism to which I responded publicly.

While far more verbose than a Twitter post, the letter more or less captures the sentiment we articulated earlier this year at a light brigade action outside the White House.

BORDC's blog post (on our new & improved website!) announcing the release of the letter includes some very compelling quotes from our coalition allies:

Shahid Buttar, BORDC’s executive director, said, “Voices from every region of the U.S., and across the political spectrum, agree that Congress must stop the NSA dragnet. This coalition letter represents the united voice of diverse Americans who want our rights back.”

“Voices from every region of the U.S., and across the political spectrum, agree that Congress must stop the NSA dragnet. This coalition letter represents the united voice of diverse Americans who want our rights back.” Chuck Kaufman, the National Co-Coordinator for the Alliance for Global Justice said, “If you had told me in the 1980s that we'd have fewer freedoms under the first black president than we had under Ronald Reagan, I would have laughed. Well, I'm not laughing today.”

See the BORDC blog for more.

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