Friday, June 20, 2014

Congress cuts funding for NSA spying

From Fight For The Future:

You did it! Late last night -- after they were bombarded by calls from FFTF members and many others -- the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted to cut funding for some of the NSA’s most nefarious backdoor spying programs.

There’s no question about it. The tides are turning. We didn’t just win this vote, we won it by a landslide. 293-123.

Our movement is showing it’s power, and organized Internet users are once again proving to be a more formidable force than the U.S. government (or any of the pundits) expected.

Read more about what these amendments mean for you, and what the next steps are in our ongoing fight to end all forms of mass surveillance.

We still have a long way to go. No matter what happens in Congress, we will need to continue our Reset the Net effort to secure the web through technology. As we know all too well, governments often bend and break the rules they set for themselves, and so far the reforms on the table in Congress don’t do nearly enough to protect the rights of people outside the U.S.

But one thing is certain: we are gaining ground, and the NSA is losing it. We’re beating them back with technology, pushing politicians to cut their funding, and dragging their secretive programs out into the sunlight for all to see.

This vote in congress didn't happen by magic. So many of us have spoken out in the last year and made it clear in no uncertain terms that mass surveillance is not okay. Our movement has become too big for Congress to ignore. We forced them to go on record supporting change.

Click here to get the full story, and share this sweet victory with your friends.

We still have much work to do, but today is a day worth celebrating! More soon.

-Tiffiniy, Holmes, and Evan
Fight for the Future

P.S. Fight for the Future helped lead the charge to ensure that these Amendments passed, and we’ll be there tomorrow and the next day to move this fight forward. Will you support our work with a donation of whatever you can afford? Our small te am will make every penny count.

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