Tuesday, Feb. 11, was officially declared “The Day We Fight Back” by anti-mass surveillance activists, launching a massive Internet campaign that included support from people with a wide array of political backgrounds.
Sponsored by groups like the American Civil Liberties Union and Amnesty International, along with social websites like Reddit and Tumblr, the day of action sought to inspire those opposed to the National Security Agency’s surveillance activities to call their elected officials and demand reforms and privacy protections.
The Internet-based movement generated hundreds of thousands of social shares, including supportive tweets by elected officials from both parties:
— Tom Udall (@SenatorTomUdall) February 11, 2014
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) February 11, 2014
I support 'The Day We Fight Back' protest against NSA domestic surveillance. Mind your own business, NSA! https://t.co/L3ed0EvZvH
— Rep. Alan Grayson (@AlanGrayson) February 11, 2014
I invite you to join me in the fight against the NSA surveillance program. Today is the day we begin to fight back: http://t.co/8BSVf49CIi
— Senator Rand Paul (@SenRandPaul) February 11, 2014
— House Judiciary Dems (@HouseJudDems) February 11, 2014
Several web companies got in on the action as well:
— A Googler (@google) February 11, 2014
The Day We Fight Back: http://t.co/qv0GNLwQc5
— Tumblr (@tumblr) February 11, 2014
And some non-profits:
— Cato Institute (@CatoInstitute) February 11, 2014
— FreedomWorks (@FreedomWorks) February 11, 2014
The day of activism preceded Sen. Paul’s anticipated Wednesday announcement of a lawsuit against President Obama, the NSA, and others involved in the collection of private personal data.
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