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 calls, emails, address books, buddy lists, calling records, online video game chats, financial documents, browsing 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.
This is a key opportunity to push President Obama and his Press Secretary Jay Carney to end one major aspect of the NSA's spying program. Since June, one goal of EFF and the StopWatching.Us campaign—a group of over half-a-million people and hundreds of civil liberties organizations—has been to stop the NSA's illegal and unconstitutional mass spying. And today, we're asking the Internet to call, email, and tweet at President Obama and his Press Secretary. We need to put as much pressure on the White House as possible in the lead up to the public announcement.
So far, President Obama has been supportive of the NSA's programs and has resisted serious reform. His administration has also signaled its support for the FISA Improvements Act, a fake fix of a bill sponsored by the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Senator Dianne Feinstein. Sen. Feinstein's bill would not only codify the NSA's unconstitutional mass spying, but it would actually expand the NSA's "legal" authority under Section 215 of the Patriot Act.
It's time to speak up and have the White House listen to the Internet. Here's how you can do it:
Hey @PressSec, tell @BarackObama to end mass spying now at his upcoming press briefing.
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.