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"The question is not 'do you have something to hide?' The question is whether we control government or the government controls us." - Oliver Stone
History tells us that change will happen—that we can reclaim control of our government and our privacy—if ordinary citizens act on the stunning information that Edward Snowden has exposed.
And since Snowden exposed the NSA’s massive internet and telephone spying programs, tens of thousands of ACLU supporters have indeed taken a stand—calling on President Obama to end them. But he has refused to respond, offering up bland defenses of the program and stepping up the international witch-hunt for Snowden instead.
So now we need to turn to Congress, which blindly gave the NSA too much spying power in the first place.
In a sign of building momentum, new legislation is popping up every week to curtail or undo the secret surveillance state. We helped push an amendment to a Defense Appropriations bill that would have reined in the NSA within 7 votes of passing! But if we're going to succeed next time, we need to stand together and send our representatives a crystal clear message: Americans stand opposed to this blatant abuse of power.
Tell Congress to get in gear to end the secret surveillance state—sign the petition demanding they repeal section 215 of the Patriot Act and section 702 of FISA immediately.