Do Not Spy List

Move On and the Liberty Coalition have partnered to create the Do Not Spy List. Its basically a list of people who want to tell the US Federal government “…you want to keep your private information away from illegal government snooping…” I signed the list. Tell your friends by sending them the following info.

Subject: Don’t let AT&T and Verizon Spy on You

Hi,

On Thursday, May 11, 2006 USA Today reported that the National Security Agency has been collecting phone records of tens of millions of Americans. Companies like AT&T and Verizon who provide services to hundred of millions of Americans have been giving over phone records to the NSA, even though the NSA had no warrant for those records.

This is wrong so I signed on to the “Do Not Spy” list — just like the “Do Not Call” list to stop telemarketers from invading your home– except this list will tell telecoms to stay out of our private records. You can sign up for it here:

http://www.donotspylist.com

Thanks!

Context
On Thursday, May 11, 2006 USA Today reported that the National Security Agency has been collecting phone records of tens of millions of Americans. Companies like AT&T and Verizon, have turned over millions phone records to the NSA, even though the NSA had no warrant for those records.

Sources
1. “NSA has massive database of Americans’ phone calls” USA Today, May 11,
2006 [usatoday.com]

“BellSouth denies giving call data to the NSA” Reuters, May 15, 2006
[moveon.org]

2. “Questions and answers about the NSA phone record collection program”
USA Today, May 11, 2006 [moveon.org]

3. “Federal Source to ABC News: We know who you’re calling” ABC News Blog,
May 15, 2006 [blogs.abcnews.com]

4. “NSA has massive database of Americans’ phone calls” USA Today, May 11,
2006 [usatoday.com]

5. “Bush Doesn’t Confirm NSA Data Collection” Associated Press, May 11,
2005 [moveon.org]

6. “NSA has massive database of Americans’ phone calls” USA Today, May 11,
2006 [usatoday.com]

[In case you are wondering who the Liberty Coalition is…

The Liberty Coalition is both an organization and a network of partner groups. It works to help organize, support, and coordinate transpartisan public policy activities related to civil liberties and basic human rights. We work in conjunction with groups of partner organizations that are interested in preserving the Bill of Rights, personal autonomy and individual privacy.

Their website says the ACLU, Amnesty International, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation are members.]

Who are Al Qaeda’s known associates?

Bush goes on the defensive and claims the US government is not “mining or trolling through the personal lives of innocent Americans”. But he qualifies it with “Our efforts are focused on Al Qaeda and their known associates.” Who are Al Qaeda’s known associates? Other terrorist organizations? How does Bush and the White House define terrorist organizations?

If you’re a conservative American you might think the ACLU and the Democratic Party is a “known associate”. If you are a moderate or a conservative you might think Greenpeace, PETA, and the School of the Americas Watch are “known associates”. We know for a fact that those last three groups are under investigation by the FBI. How many more groups are being investigated by the US government or their corporate spying companies? How many people are suspected to be known associates or are suspected of aiding and abetting the enemy?

Via: NYTimes

Domestic spying inquiry killed

AP is reporting that the US Department of Justice has stopped its investigation of the warrantless phone spying done by the NSA at the approval of George Bush.

“We have been unable to make any meaningful progress in our investigation because OPR [Office of Professional Responsibility] has been denied security clearances for access to information about the NSA program,” OPR counsel H. Marshall Jarrett wrote to Hinchey. Hinchey’s office shared the letter with The Associated Press.

Commentary: WTF!!!!! We live in a police state! The backlash from this will be huge. The average citizen will become more concerned with privacy and how to be anonymous online. Probably the exact opposite goal of the NSA and White house. But in the interim we will all suffer more paranoia and buy more prescription drugs. (Not me. Just kidding!)

tip of the hat to: dailywireless.org
via: CNN

Jerry Conner got a Stay for DNA testing!

Mark Kleinschmidt, a lawyer at The Center for Death Penalty Litigation, just emailed to tell me Jerry Conner got a stay of execution to perform DNA testing! THIS IS HUGE! A man’s life could be saved! BIG props to the lawyers working hard for little pay to make this world a better place. Yay!

Read more about this case in my post North Carolina Obstructs DNA Testing for Condemned Man and podcast Save Jerry Conner. Its possible that our grassroots blogging and podcasting mission could have helped bring the attention this case deserved. I’m not going to celebrate this fact just yet. The important thing is Mr. Conner gets another DNA test. More details soon.

Town Forum on Municipal Networking

On Thursday May 18 the Chapel Hill Town Council will host a public forum on Municipal Wireless Networking. The event will be from 7 to 9PM and be held at Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. All citizens are invited to attend.

The event will be moderated by Shannon Schelin, Ph.D. of the Institute of Government at UNC. She will also make a presentation. Other speakers include Casey Lide of Baller Herbst in Washington, DC, Lynda Goff, Executive Director of WinstonNet in Winston-Salem, NC, Ray Reitz, Chief Technology Officer of Chapel Hill Carrboro School System, and Chad Johnston, Executive Director of The People’s Channel. For more information about the speakers please see the Town event webpage. There will be time at the end of the event for questions and answers. If you can’t make it in person you can watch the event on Public Access channel 18.

My Council Members Approve Resolution to Impeach Bush

The Chapel Hill Town Council passed a resolution calling for the Impeachment of the decider in chief George W. Bush! Thank you Council members!

I believe this resolution reflects the opinion of the majority of citizens who vote in local elections. An overwhelming majority of them are liberal democrats. They’re tolerant and loving people. This atmosphere allows for very liberal people to have a friendly home. Especially in conservative North Carolina. We really are lucky here.

Lest you think the only people who vote here are liberal college students, the petition that brought about this resolution was submitted by local citizens group Elders for Peace. I signed that petition as soon as I was asked!

PDF : Petition to Impeach Bush from Elders for Peace