Sometimes the best way to explain a complicated, sweeping violation of people’s civil rights is through a stupid picture with some words on it. In that case, we’ve got you covered for the NSA, PRISM, Edward Snowden, and overall surveillance fiasco of the past week and ongoing.
We also want to point out two crowd-driven activities protesting this surveillance in which you can participate:
1. Mozilla, the EFF, and other nonprofits started StopWatching.Us, which lets people easily send a letter to Congress about NSA spying.
2. Operation Troll The NSA, a partly serious effort designed to overwhelm the NSA’s “risk word” detection system if one exists, happens on Wednesday, June 12 at 7 PM EST. There’s more background info in this article.
Your faithful privacy blogger will be participating in both 1 and 2, so if a nondescript black van comes and takes me away after Wednesday, you’ll know why. Half joking.
Onto the memes, with a brief forward: although some of these memes target President Obama, we want to be clear that the lack of privacy is a bipartisan issue and a bipartisan problem. Laws enacted under the Bush Administration have evolved and grown under the Obama Administration. Surveillance of this scope couldn’t happen without both Republican and Democratic support, and it won’t end without everyone standing up against it.
Lucius Fox called it back in The Dark Knight (and we blogged about it).
In case you missed the Verizon/NSA story, here you go.
And please pardon us for Captain Picard’s language, but it’s pretty accurate:
And lastly, it’s not a meme, but it’s pretty striking: