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    Events of Interest: Rally Against Mass Surveillance (Oct. 26)

    StopWatching.Us — a coalition including more than 100 public advocacy organizations and businesses, including the ACLU, Access, Demand Progress, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Free Press, FreedomWorks, Fight for the Future and Mozilla — is organizing a mass protest of the NSA’s surveillance programs for Oct. 26 in Washington, D.C. Here’s more:

    The NSA is watching us online and tracking who we call. It’s breaking encryption codes to access our most private communications. It’s creating a climate of fear, chilling free speech and violating our basic human rights.

    And the NSA is conducting its surveillance without any meaningful oversight.

    But a movement is building to change all of this. And we’re about to take the next step.

    On Sat., Oct. 26 — the 12th anniversary of the Patriot Act’s signing — thousands of people from across the political spectrum will unite in Washington, D.C., to say: Enough is enough. Stop watching us. [...]

    More than 570,000 people have signed the StopWatching.Us petition, and dozens of members of Congress have introduced bills to rein in the NSA.

    Now we need to take the next step and raise our voices.

    At the rally, we’ll remind our elected officials that they work for us, not the NSA. We need Congress to reform the laws — like the Patriot Act — that led to the NSA’s abuses, and we need to hold the NSA accountable for its anti-democratic programs.

    On Oct. 26, we’ll stand up for change — and we’ll deliver the half-million petition signatures to Congress.

    Sign up here to attend: https://rally.stopwatching.us/?source=FPblog

    Date: Saturday, October 26, 2012
    Location: Washington, DC or online
    For more information: https://rally.stopwatching.us/?source=FPblog

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