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ACLU launches "Don't Spy on Me" campaign; protests

ACLU launches "Don't Spy on Me" campaign; protests
ACLU launches "Don't Spy on Me" campaign; protests

Also there are protests in SF, NYC, Boston, Chicago today: 

I'm planning to stop by the SF one by the SBC stadium at noon.


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: ACLU Launches "Don't Spy on Me" Campaign
Date: Wed, 24 May 2006 13:15:25 -0400
From: Barry Steinhardt  


Politechers may be interested to know that the ACLU is launching a 
nationwide consumer campaign today to respond to the recent revelations 
about the telecoms and NSA spying.  We are:

A) asking the FCC to fulfill its regulatory obligation and investigate 
(Chairman Martin's lame argument that they cannot do so notwithstanding)

B) ACLU offices around the country are filing demands with Public 
Utility Commissions, which often have considerable power to enforce 
state privacy laws, asking for investigations and cease-and-desist actions.

C) Inviting citizens to add their names to these actions, and making it 
easy to do so via 

Our appeal is below.



Barry Steinhardt
Director, Technology and Liberty Project, ACLU

Dear Friend,

It's illegal and un-American for your phone company to hand over your 
phone records to the government without a legal order. But it looks like 
that's just what they're doing: violating the privacy and rights of 
millions of innocent Americans in the process.

The phone companies have no right to forfeit your privacy. And just last 
night we learned that the FCC has refused to investigate these illegal 
actions, using the same "state secrets" excuse used by the very phone 
companies it's supposed to hold accountable.

Today, the ACLU is launching a nationwide consumer campaign demanding 
that regulators do their jobs and protect our privacy. We need your help.


It's outrageous that the agency created to guard the people's interest 
is burying its head in the sand during what may be the most massive 
abuse of customer privacy in American history.

We can't stand idly by while corporations, federal regulators and even 
our elected leaders fail to champion our rights or uphold our basic 
system of checks and balances. The power to right these wrongs 
ultimately resides in the hands of the American people.

The ACLU is filing formal documents with the Federal Communications 
Commission (FCC) insisting that they fulfill their regulatory obligation 
and investigate this breach of consumer trust. At the same time, ACLU 
offices across the country are filing similar demands with regulatory 
authorities in dozens of states.

Regulators need to hear that the public demands action. The longer the 
list of names, the more powerful our message. Federal and state 
officials must use their authority to investigate and fine the phone 
companies, and your voice will make a difference.

Act now to stop phone companies from abusing your privacy.

We must not allow the government and the phone companies to collude in 
this massive illegal attack on our privacy and our trust.

And we certainly can't wait for Congress to act, or for the phone 
companies to reverse course.

Join us in telling the FCC that we won't take no for an answer -- they 
must investigate. And don't let the states follow the FCC's wrong-headed 
example. We are simultaneously filing 20 actions across the nation TODAY.

Please add your name and your voice. All you have to do is use our 
online form. We'll add your name to our demand for FCC action and to 
local filings in applicable states. After you sign on, you can also send 
an email directly to each of the four FCC commissioners letting them 
know Americans want answers and action.

Act now to stop phone companies from abusing your privacy.

As always, thank you for standing with us. Every voice in this fight is 
going to matter, so please take action today.


Anthony D. Romero
Executive Director
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