The day after The Day We Fight Back Against Mass Surveillance

Yesterday was my birthday, and I took the day off from blogging. I shouldn’t have, as it had been designated an internet-wide day of action against the American surveillance state, but I gave into the temptation, drank a big glass of wine while listening to Marquee Moon, and then crawled into bed with my laptop to binge on episodes of the BBC crime drama Luther. I know it was selfish of me, and I apologize. It felt good at he time, but the guilt has been eating at me all day. And, now, in hopes of making up for it, I’d like to ask you to consider the following, and then push a few buttons for me.


Assuming you agree that this is unacceptable in the United States, could you do me a favor, and follow this link, which will take you to a page where you can fill in a few blanks and let you elected officials know not only how you feel about being spied on, but that you expect them to support the strengthening of the USA Freedom Act? If you could do that, I’d really appreciate it… And I promise to never take my birthday off again.

And, here, if you won’t do it for me, are some significantly more famous, exponentially more attractive, and markedly more persuasive people who share my opinion that this warrantless spying has to stop.

Now go and send that email to your elected officials, OK? …It’ll only take a minute, and it’s super easy. I promise.


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  1. Eel
    Posted February 13, 2014 at 7:07 am | Permalink

    If nothing else , it’s good to see Maggie G working again.

  2. Joseph Yaroch
    Posted February 13, 2014 at 9:20 am | Permalink

    They already know how we feel. They know how we feel before we do.

  3. Posted February 13, 2014 at 10:20 am | Permalink

    We need more surveillance, not less and the populace needs to change absolutely nothing about its behavior in response.

    If anything, constant surveillance turns all people into subversives, which isn’t a bad thing at all and, in my opinion, the essence of a free democracy.

  4. Posted February 13, 2014 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    Happy birthday, by the way.

  5. Frosted Flakes
    Posted February 13, 2014 at 12:52 pm | Permalink


    Freedom is living under a government that has policies that make us all want to undermine it?

  6. Frosted Flakes
    Posted February 13, 2014 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    I should add, Peter, like you, I am for the most part not opposed to surveillance programs. I just do not understand your logic at all. Is what you wrote a joke?

  7. Tim
    Posted February 13, 2014 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    I feel safer known that I’m being watched all the time. It’s comforting.

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