Just days left to kill mass surveillance under Section 215 of the Patriot Act. We are Edward Snowden and the ACLU’s Jameel Jaffer. AUA.
Our fight to rein in the surveillance state got a shot in the arm on May 7 when a federal appeals court ruled the NSA’s mass call-tracking program, the first program to be revealed by Edward Snowden, to be illegal. A poll released by the ACLU this week shows that a majority of Americans from across the political spectrum are deeply concerned about government surveillance. Lawmakers need to respond.
The pressure is on Congress to do exactly that, because Section 215 of the Patriot Act is set to expire on June 1. Now is the time to tell our representatives that America wants its privacy back.
Senator Mitch McConnell has introduced a two-month extension of Section 215 – and the Senate has days left to vote on it. Urge Congress to let Section 215 die by:
Calling your senators: https://www.aclu.org/feature/end-government-mass-surveillance
Signing the petition: https://action.aclu.org/secure/section215
Getting the word out on social media: https://www.facebook.com/aclu.nationwide/photos/a.74134381812.86554.18982436812/10152748572081813/?type=1&permPage=1
Attending a sunset vigil to sunset the Patriot Act: https://www.endsurveillance.com/#protest
Proof that we are who we say we are:
Edward Snowden: https://imgur.com/HTucr2s
Jameel Jaffer, deputy legal director, ACLU: https://twitter.com/JameelJaffer/status/601432009190330368
UPDATE 3:16pm EST: That's all folks! Thank you for all your questions.
Thank you all so much for the questions. I wish we had time to get around to all of them. For the people asking "what can we do," the TL;DR is to call your senators for the next two days and tell them to reject any extension or authorization of 215. No matter how the law is changed, it'll be the first significant restriction on the Intelligence Community since the 1970s -- but only if you help.
UPDATE 5:11pm EST: Edward Snowden is back on again for more questions. Ask him anything!
UPDATE 6:01pm EST: Thanks for joining the bonus round!
That's it for the bonus round. Thank you again for all of the questions, and seriously, if the idea that the government is keeping a running tab of the personal associations of everyone in the country based on your calling data, please call 1-920-END-4-215 and tell them "no exceptions," you are against any extension -- for any length of time -- of the unlawful Section 215 call records program. They've have two years to debate it and two court decisions declaring it illegal. It's time for reform.