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Omnibus spending bill dramatically expands U.S. government’s warrantless surveillance program by including CISA cyber spying

Posted 11:46 EST on December 18, 2015

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December 18, 2015

Contact: Evan Greer, 978-852-6457, press@fightforthefuture.org

Early this morning, amid rising online outcry including a tweet from Edward Snowden, the House of Representatives passed the year-end “omnibus” spending bill, which contained the final version of controversial cyber surveillance legislation that offers corporations legal immunity when they share data with the Federal government.

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Whistleblower Chelsea Manning to receive 5,000 birthday cards from supporters

Posted 11:10 EST on December 18, 2015

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December 18, 2015

Contact: Evan Greer, 978-852-6457, press@fightforthefuture.org

Soldier who exposed government abuses to WikiLeaks just turned 28 in prison

More than 5,000 people have sent imprisoned WikiLeaks whistleblower Chelsea Manning birthday cards for her 28th birthday using a campaign site organized by digital rights group Fight for the Future.

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Chelsea Manning turns 28 in military prison, supporters mobilize to celebrate heroic WikiLeaks whistleblower’s birthday

Posted 01:36 EST on December 17, 2015

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December 17, 2015

Contact: Evan Greer, 978-852-6457, press@fightforthefuture.org

Fight for the Future launches site to send Chelsea a flurry of birthday cards

Today is imprisoned whistleblower Chelsea Manning’s 28th birthday. She has been in prison since she was 22, and is serving a 35 year sentence for exposing some of the U.S. government’s worst abuses.

To celebrate Chelsea’s birthday and highlight the ongoing support for her fair treatment and release, Fight for the Future has launched a website that allows anyone to send Chelsea a physical birthday card with a customized message with just a few clicks.

See the website here: HappyBirthdayChelsea.com

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BREAKING: CISA-like cyber surveillance added to must-pass “omnibus” budget bill, gutted of privacy protections

Posted 01:33 EST on December 16, 2015

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December 16, 2015

Contact: Evan Greer, 978-852-6457, press@fightforthefuture.org

Rising demand for President Obama to stand by previous threat to veto

After several delays due to widespread outcry over privacy and civil liberties concerns, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has successfully exploited a loophole in congressional process to include the final version of a controversial cyber bill in the must-pass “omnibus” budget bill unveiled late Tuesday night.

This puts the controversial legislation on the path to a vote without meaningful transparency or debate on the final text, which has been significantly altered in secret negotiations and stripped of nearly all privacy protections.

“It’s clear now that this bill was never intended to prevent cyber attacks,” said Evan Greer, campaign director of Fight for the Future, “it’s a disingenuous attempt to quietly expand the U.S. government’s surveillance programs, and it will inevitably lead to law enforcement agencies using the data they collect from companies through this program to investigate, prosecute, and incarcerate more people, deepening injustices in our society while failing to improve security.”

“Congress has failed the Internet once again,” she added, “now it’s up to President Obama to prove that his administration actually cares about the Internet. If he does he has no choice but to veto this blatant attack on Internet security, corporate accountability, and free speech.”

Fight for the Future has been at the forefront of grassroots opposition to CISA, and its previous incarnation, CISPA. Earlier this year they lead a series of high profile campaigns, sparking a backlash that resulted in major tech companies like Apple, Google, Twitter, Dropbox, Yahoo, Wikipedia, Yelp, and Salesforce coming out in opposition to the bill. They have also mobilized more than 15,000 websites for an online protest, and generated more than 6 million faxes to the Senate, along with hundreds of thousands of emails and phone calls.

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Fight for the Future is a grassroots advocacy group with more than 1.4 million members that fights to protect the Internet as a powerful platform for freedom of expression and social change. They’re best known for organizing the massive online protests against SOPA, for net neutrality, and against government surveillance. Learn more at https://www.fightforthefuture.org and https://www.twitter.com/fightfortheft

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White House in the spotlight as controversial CISA-like cyber spying added to “omnibus” must-pass budget bill

Posted 14:05 EST on December 14, 2015

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December 14, 2015

Contact: Evan Greer, 978-852-6457, press@fightforthefuture.org

President Obama must veto dangerous attack on Internet security and free speech

Media reports and sources close to legislative negotiations indicate that the final version of controversial cyber surveillance bill CISA––which has been gutted of its already weak privacy protections––has been added to the “omnibus” must-pass budget bill that Congress is expected to take up this coming week in order to avoid a government shutdown.

Fight for the Future has launched an online action page ObamaDecides.org calling for President Obama to veto CISA in any form. The action tool allows concerned citizens to sign up to be “daily callers,” who will receive a phone prompt to call the White House every day until the administration issues a veto threat.

“Now is when we’ll find out whether President Obama really cares about the Internet and freedom of speech, or whether he’s happy to roll over and allow technologically illiterate members of Congress break the Internet in the name of cybersecurity,” said Evan Greer, campaign director of Fight for the Future, a leading digital rights group that has organized fierce grassroots resistance to CISA and similar bills, “This administration promised to veto any information sharing bill that did not adequately protect Internet users’ privacy, and the final version of this bill doesn’t even come close. It’s time for President Obama to deliver on his word.”

Fight for the Future has been at the forefront of grassroots opposition to CISA, and its previous incarnation, CISPA. Earlier this year they lead a series of high profile campaigns, sparking a backlash that resulted in major tech companies like Apple, Google, Twitter, Dropbox, Yahoo, Wikipedia, Yelp, and Salesforce coming out in opposition to the bill. They have also mobilized more than 15,000 websites for an online protest, and generated more than 6 million faxes to the Senate, along with hundreds of thousands of emails and phone calls.

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Fight for the Future is a grassroots advocacy group with more than 1.4 million members that fights to protect the Internet as a powerful platform for freedom of expression and social change. They’re best known for organizing the massive online protests against SOPA, for net neutrality, and against government surveillance. Learn more at https://www.fightforthefuture.organd https://www.twitter.com/fightfortheftr

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