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February 11, 2014 — Today is the Day we fight back!

We all understand the need for security, but not security at the cost of privacy, freedom and unchecked governmental intrusion into the lives of our citizens.  Thomas Jefferson is quoted as having said that "Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty."  As citizens of the world, we need to stay vigilant and let our voices be heard.  After all, as we say at Endurance, it is one more way to "Help Make the Web a Better Place” for all of us.

You may recall past examples of governmental excesses…

  • McCarthyism in the 1950’s, when Congressional hearings and investigations by the US government caused the black-listing of many directors, actors and actresses.  In a moment of strength and integrity, Boston lawyer Joe Welch fought back.  He stood up to Senator Joe McCarthy in the Senate hearings and confronted him with this famous phrase:  “Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?”  That moment marked the beginning of the end of the bluster and excess of McCarthyism. 
  • Or think back to the fictional character Big Brother in George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four: the dictator of a totalitarian state known by the phrase "Big Brother is watching you"!  In light of recent revelations, does that sound eerily familiar? 
  • Or remember when J. Edgar Hoover was running the FBI and investigated average Americans (and even Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) -- without search warrants or court orders -- when he "suspected" them of "subversive" activities. 

These are all examples of governmental over-reaching. Is it still going on?   Come on, we’re better than that!

Today, organizations and individuals around the world have come together to support the following International Principles on the Application of Human Rights to Communications Surveillance. 

They make sense.  

We support them.

David Bryson, Web Civility Advocate

 

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