Received an interesting e-mail from Christopher Largen, the activist, iconoclast and author known for the must-read progressive-themed books Prescription Pot (co-written with George McMahon) and Junk. Chris has a cool idea for some Internet mischief that could do some real good.
The Bushite nonsense inspiring the plan is last month’s news that Dubya skirted federal law (according to many) to permit the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on American citizens without warrants. Shrub says the NSA will only spy on those with suspected ties to Al Qaeda and insists his actions fall within allowed presidential powers. But given that some of the victims include peace groups, that new technology means that many more people than supposed Al Qaeda jerks can have their personal communications monitored, and that the law allowed Bush to go to FISA courts and get warrants up to 72 hours after the eavesdropping occurred (a move he rejected for whatever sinister reasons), the only ones who trust Georgie Pie, it appears, are those thoroughly invested in backing the Bush Gang and supporting the Iraq occupation.
Add to the mix that Shrubbie has ordered the Justice Department to go after the New York Times and investigate the identity of the person whose leak of the spying scheme forced him to come clean about it. If what George Bush is doing is legal, why the move toward retaliation? True, it’s what Dubya does best, but…
If you think illegal wiretapping and E-mail monitoring is a crying shame in the United States of America, then share this info widely. Show the president what you think of police state politics by proliferating this string of keywords that might be flagged by the National Security Administration.
Osama Bin Laden
Drug Policy Reform
Chris says that “if enough people participate in this renegade effort, it could send out a collective shout loud enough to deafen Big Brother’s eavesdropping ears. Have fun and add your own words!”
Sounds like fun. Feels like Prof. Lupin just handed me a Marauders’ Map and his blessing. OK, I’ve done my bit; let’s see how Shrubbie’s foul snoops at the National Security Agency react. Now, it’s your turn. Engage in the action and encourage all your friends to do the same.
There, Professor: Mischief managed.