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Slam the Senate


We pushed them to the brink, but the House Republicans rammed through CISPA this afternoon, ahead of schedule. Let's make sure it dies in the Senate.

Please click here to email your Senators:


CISPA would give the government and corporations vast new powers to track and share data about Americans' Internet use.

But our hundreds of thousands of emails and tens of thousands of phone calls have had a real impact:

-Amendments were adopted that made CISPA (marginally) better.

-Earlier this month CISPA was supposed to sail through, but we helped foment opposition, and the vote was far closer than anybody could have imagined even a couple of weeks ago.

-Most Democrats held firm in opposition, and more than two dozen libertarian-leaning Republicans defied their leadership and voted no.

-Most importantly, President Obama has threatened to veto CISPA.

The Senate will consider cyber security legislation in the coming weeks. Let's turn up the heat right away: Tell the Senate to reject CISPA and any and all legislation that doesn't respect privacy and civil liberties.

Just click here:



Syndicated 2012-04-27 15:18:00 (Updated 2012-04-27 15:18:28) from proclus

Anonymous: Operation Defense Phase II [CISPA]

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CISPA... Your creators, supporters, and counterparts have become sworn enemies of Anonymous. Expect us. Emergency Action Authorized. Follow @TheAnonMessage for the latest updates. #OpDefense #CISPAction
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Syndicated 2012-04-27 13:43:00 (Updated 2012-04-27 13:43:27) from proclus

Anonymous: Message to United States Citizens [CISPA]

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CISPA... Your creators, supporters, and counterparts have become sworn enemies of Anonymous. Expect us. Emergency Action Authorized. Follow @TheAnonMessage for the latest updates. #OpDefense #CISPAction TRANSCRIPT ______ Greetings citizens of the United States. We are Anonymous. Thursday, April 26th, the United States House, in a rushed vote, passed the HR 3523, also known as CISPA. Dubbed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, it allows the United States to collect information about users of the internet. It allows the United States to monitor all activity on the net and can be used to monitor any individual's internet usage. This monitoring is called deep packet inspection, it looks through everything that is going in and out of your computer, which is a blatant violation of our rights to privacy. Looking through your mail is a crime for a postman, these rules should apply to the internet too. The bill's intent is to help stop cyber attacks... However; the vague wording of the bill could allow the government to use this new power to go behind privacy protection and monitor, censor, and cut off online communication. President Obama has already stated that he will veto the bill, but this is also what was said about NDAA. Together, we can stop this act. The time to take action is now. We have defeated previous attempts to censor our only platform of true honest communication, the internet. SOPA was only the beginning. Sign petitions, call your congressmen, and <b>...</b>
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Syndicated 2012-04-27 12:16:00 (Updated 2012-04-27 12:16:13) from proclus

GNU-Darwin_org is considering a site blackout against #CISPA on #MayDay. If there is a problem with this, please let me know soon. #M1GS

GNU-Darwin_org is considering a site blackout against CISPA on MayDay. If there is a problem with this, please let me know soon. M1GS

Syndicated 2012-04-27 06:16:00 (Updated 2012-04-27 06:16:56) from proclus

CREDO Action #CISPA tool to help you call Congress. Tell Congress: Stop the online #spying bill - #OpDefense

Stop the online spying bill

Tell Congress: Stop the online spying bill

We need to speak out today to stop a bill that would greatly expand the power of the federal government and big corporations to spy on us as we use the Internet. The folks behind the bill claim that national security interests make this surveillance necessary. Make a call today to send a clear message that we shouldn't sacrifice our civil liberties in the name of national security.

CREDO Action has made a tool to help people who wish to contact their congressmen and oppose #CISPA. This is a great action. Do it now, instead of later.

If you would like to do more to fight #CIPSA, there is a great action list at Reddit. I would recommend doing all the actions. We need to stop this horrible proposal, and also stop every cybersecurity bill that threatens our rights and privacy.



Syndicated 2012-04-26 20:26:00 (Updated 2012-04-26 20:26:55) from proclus

Kids Sue to Force Government Action on Global Warming

Kids are suing the U.S. government for warming the globe, seeking to mandate action. I just asked President Obama to meet with them. He just might. Will you ask too? Click here: http://bit.ly/I5gKzm

Syndicated 2012-04-25 21:10:00 (Updated 2012-04-25 21:10:02) from proclus

Stop the Polar Bear Rug Trade

Polar bears are in big trouble from accelerating Arctic warming and a vanishing sea-ice habitat. This year's skyrocketing fur prices and trophy hunting are also taking a devastating toll. Polar bear sport-hunting and the trophy trade are prohibited in the United States, but the international trade in polar bear parts is alive and well.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is now deciding whether it will move to protect polar bears under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. At the last round of CITES negotiations, the Service led the charge to ban all commercial trade in polar bear parts -- a move Canada blocked. The agency is now "undecided" on its position for the upcoming CITES meeting.

Canada still kills around 500 bears annually and leads the world in exporting rugs and hunting trophies. As polar bear numbers plummet under pressure from climate change, the Canadian territory of Nunavut quadrupled its hunting quota this season.

Tell the Service to take a stand against this excessive killing, stop the international trade in their parts and lead the world in polar bear protection.

Take action by using this Web address: http://action.biologicaldiversity.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=10286

Syndicated 2012-04-25 18:01:00 (Updated 2012-04-25 18:01:02) from proclus

CISPA vote this week


We're making a big difference: As lawmakers get ready to vote on CISPA, the bill's sponsors have agreed to amend the legislation to constrain what the government can do with the information it uses CISPA to collect.

But those changes don't go far enough. We need lawmakers to support any and all amendments that would protect Internet users' privacy AND to vote against CISPA as a whole.

We're nearly out of time: Please click here to email your lawmakers right away:


CISPA would obliterate any semblance of online privacy in the United States. You can read more about it here. Many lawmakers share our concerns about CISPA and will introduce amendments to minimize its negative impact on ordinary Internet users. We need to get their backs and encourage others to support their efforts.

Please click here to email your lawmakers right away:



Syndicated 2012-04-25 16:17:00 (Updated 2012-04-25 16:17:25) from proclus

Michael wants you to take action on "Stop the Coast Guard's Butchering of Live Goats"!

Michael Love has just read and signed the petition: Stop the Coast Guard's Butchering of Live Goats

You can view this petition at: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/629/604/124/stop-the-coast-guard-from-butchering-live-goats/

Message from Michael Love:

Hi, I signed the petition "Stop the Coast Guard's Butchering of Live Goats". I'm asking you to sign this petition to help us reach our goal of 5,000 signatures. I care deeply about this cause, and I hope you will support our efforts.


ThePetitionSite.com provides tools and empowers individuals to make a difference and effect positive change through online activism. Get connected with the causes you care about, take action to make the world a better place, and start your own petition at http://www.ThePetitionSite.com!

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Syndicated 2012-04-24 21:18:00 (Updated 2012-04-24 21:18:54) from proclus

Protecting our online privacy

Hi there!

Our privacy is up for a vote this week.

In an attempt to address cyber threats, the US House will be voting Thursday on a bill that would allow for the unlimited sharing of personal data amongst and between private companies and the government, without a single safeguard for privacy or civil liberties.

The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act is a serious threat to our privacy, and if passed could have a ripple effect across the world. But there is still time to stop it. We need to convince technology companies supporting CISPA that protecting us against cyber threats does not have to come at the expense of our privacy.

I've already signed the Access petition urging these 30 companies and organizations to stand up for their users and drop their CISPA. And I think you should too. Add your name to the petition by clicking below:


Syndicated 2012-04-24 20:58:00 (Updated 2012-04-24 20:58:51) from proclus

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