The most outstanding and urgent hour of audio you’ll hear this week is the On the Media history of the PATRIOT Act (MP3), and the most important website you’ll visit this week is Sunset the PATRIOT Act, which lets you do something about it.
The On The Media special tells the story of how the PATRIOT Act was not only passed without any debate, but without any chance for Congress to read it,
but goes on to point out all the ways in which mass surveillance,
torture, and other gross abridgments of liberty were carried out without
support from PATRIOT.
Our great and good friends at Fight for the Future, ringleaders of the SOPA and Net Neutrality fights, are using Sunset the PATRIOT Act
activist site to pour the heat on the Senate, who have until the close
of today’s session to kill the mass surveillance parts of PATRIOT.
The lesson is that PATRIOT needs to die, but when it does, we have our work cut out for us.