They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety,
deserve neither liberty nor safety.
By now, most Americans are aware of the extensive domestic surveillance program run by the National Security Agency (NSA). Over the course of a decade, the NSA has monitored the communications of almost everyone in the United States. Although the spying agency has claimed that in most cases, only the “metadata” (time and duration of the communication, and the numbers or Internet addresses of the sender and receiver) is being collected and analyzed, this activity is often sufficient to create a very detailed picture of most people’s private lives.
The legal basis for this invasion of privacy has been the warrants granted by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), a secret court whose proceedings are usually open only to the government agencies seeking the warrants. Now that these surveillance programs have become public, proponents of the original legislation that created them are stating that such power is being abused in ways that exceed the scope of the law and violate the U.S. Constitution.
Art of RetroCollage agrees that this domestic spying program has seriously compromised the civil liberties of the American people. We urge every one of our readers—and their friends and relatives of voting age—to take action against these violations, by signing the petition at this link:
Thank you very much for standing up for the civil liberties of all of us!
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