June 2015, Vol. 14, No. 5
Do you feel the freedom?
For several days now, the NSA has not been sweeping up every phone record in the country. We’ve been spared this unconstitutional intrusion into our lives only because you and millions of others have been willing to join a protest, send and email, or make a phone call.
Savor this victory, and get ready for more activism, because our work isn’t close to being done.
As we go to press, the Obama administration is preparing to ask the FISA court to let the NSA reboot the dragnet again, empowered by the USA Freedom Act.
There are many problems with the USA Freedom Act, but the debate in Congress and in the country over the last weeks marks a turning point. For the first time in decades, we have forced a rollback of surveillance authorities. We have the momentum now, and have already begun to make progress. Today the House passed four surveillance reform measures as amendments to a spending bill, including requiring a warrant to use a Stingray device and prohibiting encryption ‘back doors’ that allow the NSA and FBI to collect our communications; and a bill will soon be introduced in the Senate to create a commission to study all executive branch surveillance programs (as we have been demanding for years).
Read the latest news and analysis from the People’s Blog for the Constitution
The People’s Blog for the Constitution features news and analysis beyond the headlines on a daily basis, and offers an easy way to stay up-to-date and informed.
- The Debate is Only Just Beginning: USA Freedom and the Surveillance Act by BORDC Staff
- June is Torture Awareness Month by Sue Udry
- Senate moves to check executive spying power by Shahid Buttar
- When even the DOD says your police are too militarized by Sue Udry
- NSA Phone Surveillance Ruled Illegal with Thom Hartman and Shahid Buttar by BORDC Staff
To get involved in any of these campaigns, please email BORDC’s Organizing Team. We are eager to hear from you and help support your activism.
- Honor True Patriots: Genevieve Mitchell
- Activists in Dallas scored a victory
- BORDC activists in Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Oakland, and San Francisco are making strides.
BORDC in the news
May 13, Between the Lines interviewed Shahid Buttar about NSA surveillance
May 20, Shahid Buttar discussed the Surveillance State Repeal Act and police militarization on WORT
May 21, Shahid Buttar was a guest on Aljazeera America discussing police militarization
May 23, Rudaw interviewed Shahid Buttar about expiring PATRIOT Act provisions
May 28, Shahid Buttar was a guest on Midday with Tim Farley on Sirrius POTUS radio
May 29, Sue Udry, BORDC acting director, was interviewed on KPFW
Resources and Opportunities
To help encourage outreach, public education, and grassroots mobilization, BORDC has provided microgrants to grassroots coalitions pursuing local campaigns to advance civil rights and civil liberties.
- Grants up to $500 are available to help active coalitions expand their local visibility and/or host events. To apply for a grant, please email the BORDC Organizing Team.