Reset The Net SF - Shame on Feinstein Delivers Thousands of Petitions to Dianne Feinstein Noon June 5th
San Francisco-On the one year anniversary of the first Edward Snowden revelation, Internet users nationwide will "reset the net" for a safer and more secure on-line experience and Bay Area activists will deliver thousands of petitions to CA senator Dianne Feinstein at her 1 Post Street street offices. Activists will meet with Feinstein aide John Murray at 11:00am and talk with press and supporters outside 1 Post Street at noon.
Who: Reset The Net San Francisco Event
When: June 5, 2014 Noon
Where: San Francisco office of Senator Dianne Feinstein. Post and Market Streets San Francisco
Why: Because denying mass surveillance and failing to effectively oversee the intelligence community as the Chair of Senate Intelligence isn't okay. Senator Feinstein should resign as chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee and stop undermining real reform of NSA surveillance.
The Shame on Feinstein Coalition came together in November of 2013 with anchor groups Restore The Fourth-Bay Area, The Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC), Code Pink, Media Alliance, The 99% Coalition and the National Lawyers Guild-SF. 26 groups and 2,046 individuals signed an open letter to CA's senior senator demanding an end to her denial of the extent of domestic and international surveillance and her attempts to obstruct reform.
The open letter can be seen here: https://shameonfeinstein.org/
In the ensuing seven months, the Senator's position was undermined by revelations about CIA spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee itself which, rightfully, raised Senator Feinstein's umbrage, just as earlier reports of mass blanket surveillance upset hundreds of thousands of Americans.
Senator Feinstein's determined efforts to undermine the best hope for legislative reform, the USA Freedom Act, contributed to that bill's unfortunate watering-down to the extent most major civil liberties groups withdrew their endorsement. Her championing of a fake reform bill (The FISA Improvements Act) that retroactively legalized bulk collection was a deceptive measure that actually would have expanded NSA spying activity while claiming otherwise.
With hundreds of thousands taking their online privacy and safety matters into their own hands on Thursday, CA's senior senator is out of step and out of touch with her constituents here in one of the country's most tech-savvy states. Unconstitutional surveillance activities aren't defensible. The erosion of the ability to engage in effective diplomacy with allies such as Gemany due to anger about spying makes Americans less safe and secure, at home and abroad. As the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee Feinstein is tasked with providing "vigilant legislative oversight over the intelligence activities of the United States to assure that such activities are in conformity with the Constitution and laws of the United States. In this capacity,Senator Feinstein has failed the country. Under her watch the NSA has shredded the Constitution and her failure to act in the capacity as chair of the only committee tasked with overseeing federal intelligence programs has enabled these constitutional violations to continue.
Statement from the Shame on Feinstein anchor groups:
On June 5th, 2013 Edward Snowden began to reveal to the world that the system of laws, traditions and institutions that make the United States a vibrant democracy have been exploited by a surveillance state beyond control.
Members of the Shame on Feinstein coalitions represent core constituencies for Senator Feinstein.
Senator Feinstein’s leadership has allowed a climate of fear to fester among her constituents. Almost 1/4th of our signatories chose to withhold their names from public view.
Nothing we’ve seen in the last year suggests the Senator Feinstein is capable of the needed reforms. She has defended the NSA relentlessly as falsehood after falsehood has been revealed.
The USA FREEDOM Act, once our best chance for legislative reform, has been gutted in the House. Now is the time for Senator Feinstein to abandon her defense of mass surveillance and embrace the principles of our Constitution.