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SF DAY WE FIGHT BACK: Schedule
Join us (US being groups working to protect our Constitutional Rights to free speech and privacy) at this important event, first step in fighting back against NSA mass surveillance! Invite your friends to the fb event: https://www.facebook.com/events/614121478661276/
When: Today: February 11, 2014 at 5:30 pm
Where: 611 Folsom Street, SF / 2nd Street, San Francisco
- 5:30-6:00: set up. Orient vols on flyering, signs, flags, parachute.
- 6:00-6:05: Images Projected (we will project background images during all the talks/music). People gather. Signs, flags and parachute in place.
- 6:05-6:15: MC Rainey welcome, what’s planned and short speech about The Day We Fight Back/why we are here.
- 6:15-6:50: Video Program Projection: short topical music/info videos
- 6:50-7:00: Mark Klein – former ATT employee tells of his discovery.
- 7:00-7:10: Group Photo/Video and reading together of 1st/4th Amendment/Declaration ofIndependence section.
- 7:10-7:25: Next Steps–short speech/announcements by Zaki, Mathew, Tracy (other announcements/upcoming events can be announced by Rainey).
- 7:25-7:30: Michael Rufo sings Spying Eyes (altered version of Eagles Lying Eyes)
- Close with minute of silence for Aaron Swartz.VVV
CONGRATULATIONS to all, especially our SF 99% Coalition Civil Liberties Committee, who called, emailed, faxed and appeared before legislative committees in Sacramento, to support this legislation targeting the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which bars state cooperation with any attempt by the federal government to indefinitely detain people.
On October 2, 2013. Governor Brown signed into law AB351 which goes beyond any other state in rejecting federal indefinite detention power. The law reads, in part:
“It is the policy of this state to refuse to provide material support for or to participate in any way with the implementation within this state of any federal law that purports to authorize indefinite detenion of a person with in California.”
The NDAA allows the US military to indefinitely detain anyone – without charges or a trial – on the basis of “national security” concerns. California joins two other states, Virginia and Alaska, which states have also signed bills into law prohibiting their states to cooperate with federal government ttempts at indefinite detention.
Friday, Sept 27 in SF Federal District Court
This Friday, the San Francisco Federal District Court will hear important arguments in the leading lawsuit against government dragnet surveillance of Americans since 9/11, Jewel v. NSA. The government’s claims of state secrets and privilege have failed to get the case dismissed entirely, and are still being litigated. Charges that the government violated the public’s first and fourth amendment rights remain.
This public case may determine not only the limits of government spying, but also the limits of its powers of secrecy and immunity from prosecution under the US justice system. The hearing is Friday, September 27th at 1:30 pm at 450 Golden Gate Ave., 19th Floor. Read this analysis:
Smackdown NSA: Constitution vs. the National Security State,
by Karen Nyhus
A knock-down, drag-out fight between basic constitutional rights and government surveillance will go another round in San Francisco federal court this week. In Jewel vs. NSA, the Electronic Frontier Foundation is suing the federal government and several high officials of the Bush and Obama administrations, charging they authorized illegal dragnet surveillance against millions of Americans in the wake of 9/11. Despite recent revelations of a much wider surveillance program, none of it has yet been proven illegal, stopped by a court order, or led to any government official being held responsible. In Jewel, the EFF has defeated the government’s initial claims of total state secrecy and immunity from prosecution. While some charges have been dismissed, those alleging violations of Americans’ First and Fourth Amendment rights remain, as do some alleging statutory violations, and claims against government architects of the NSA surveillance individually. So this public trial may expose and judge the nature and legality of government spying.
According to Oakland attorney Joe Nicholson, interviewed for this story, Jewel and related cases are the leading legal challenge to government spying currently ongoing in the US (while others were dismissed: Hedges v. Obama, for lack of standing, and cases against the telecoms after Congress granted them retroactive immunity in 2008), and this Friday’s hearing will be pivotal. As Nicholson notes, President Obama has stated that government surveillance should be debated publicly and with respect to the rule of law, and this public trial provides such an opportunity.
While outcomes of Friday’s hearing are uncertain, Nicholson believes it will set the pace and tone of the legislation. Though the 9th Circuit has already ruled that the Jewel plaintiffs have initial standing to bring their lawsuit, the court will ultimately determine whether the evidence now in the public domain is sufficient to make a ruling on the merits of the case and, if so, to prove the surveillance is illegal. Evidence supporting the charges has come primarily from declarations and undisputed documents provided by whistleblowers. In 2006, AT&T employee Mark Klein exposed the secret room AT&T built in a downtown San Francisco building to copy bulk Internet communications for the NSA. Most recently, Edward Snowden and others have provided evidence of the global reach, broad nature, and corporate involvement of spy programs.
This hearing will also set the timetable, determining whether the case can be resolved relatively quickly, or drag on indefinitely.
Interested members of the public are convening outside the court building at 450 Golden Gate Ave. at noon on Friday. Seating in the courtroom is limited, and any protest activity must occur outside (of court).
PROTEST/ RALLY OUTSIDE FEDERAL BLDG:
“Nancy Pelosi, Stop NSA’s spying on US!”
Wednesday, September 4 – Noon to 1:00 PM
New Federal Building, 7th & Mission Street, San Francisco
PLEASE JOIN the SF 99 % Coalition and other concerned citizens to tell Nancy Pelosi: “Stop NSA’s spying on US! and live up to your oath to defend the Constitution, including the 4th Amendment!.” Please attend and spread the word!
Background: On July 24, 2013, House of Reps Democratic “leader” Nancy Pelosi was THE key to pushing the excellent Amash-Conyers “Defund the NSA phone records collection” down to a narrow defeat. She also voted NO, one of only 2 congress members from the SF Bay Area delegation (Thompson was the other) to vote against this first “stop buying spying” legislation following Ed Snowden’s revelations. Pelosi is completely out of step with her SF constituents on this.
Please call Pelosi’s office between now and then, to let her know that you disagree with her vote and actions to defeat the Amash-Conyers amendment:
Phone numbers: (202) 225-4965 in DC office; (415) 556-4862 San Francisco office
Tell her to abide by her oath of office to protect and defend the US Constitution, including the 4th Amendment; and to stop funding the broad NSA surveillance of everyone who lives in this country!