Activists Urged To Bombard Obama Press Conference Over Mass Spying

..As if he’d listen. No wait, he’s ALWAYS listening, right?

It’s thought that around half-a-million people could take part in mass action in a bid to end a major aspect of the NSA’s spying program.

Activists are encouraged to contact President Obama and his Press Secretary Jay Carney to put pressure on the White House ahead of a controversial press briefing about the NSA’s despicable (and illegal) widespread surveillance.

According to EFF:

In the next week or two, President Obama will give a press briefing where he plans to announce his plans to reform the NSA’s spying activities–which include the collection of users’phone callsemailsaddress booksbuddy listscalling recordsonline video game chats,financial documentsbrowsing history, and calendar data. The briefing comes in response to a report by his own review group recommending the government stop collecting every single Americans’ calling records. Now is the time to tweet, email, and call the White House telling Obama to demand he end the government’s use of the Patriot Act to collect any bulk records of users’ information.

They are asking activists to Tweet:

Hey @PressSec, tell @BarackObama to end mass spying now at his upcoming press briefing.

Or Call or Email with a comment like:

Dear President Obama,

End mass spying now! Section 215 of the Patriot Act should not be used to collect every single Americans’ calling records. And Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act shouldn’t be used to “incidentally” or otherwise collect Americans’ emails, phone calls, or chats. Protect the privacy rights of our digital communications. In your upcoming press conference on your NSA reforms, I urge you to do the right thing and announce that you’ll stop using these statutes to spy on innocent people.


Personally I don’t have much faith that Obama will actually listen, but there’s no harm in trying.