Thousands call, email Congress to protest NSA programs
Day We Fight Back participants made 96,000 calls and will deliver 555,000 emails to Congress to protest NSA spy programs
IDG News Service - Organizers of The Day We Fight Back, a protest Tuesday against U.S. National Security Agency surveillance programs, called the effort a "tremendous success," with nearly 100,000 phone calls made to U.S. lawmakers and 185,000 people signing up to send email blasts to their congressional representatives.
Participants in the protest made 96,000 calls to Congress, although 7,000 of those calls weren't delivered because lawmakers turned voice mail services off, organizers said. Organizers will deliver 555,000 email messages protesting the NSA surveillance to lawmakers, with emails going to the two U.S. senators and one representative who represent each of the 185,000 people who signed up for the email blasts.
Another 245,000 people signed a petition calling for the end to mass surveillance, and participating websites showed a protest banner ad 37 million times during the day, with about two-thirds of those ads delivered in the U.S., organizers said.
David Segal, executive director of Demand Progress, called the protest a big success. Organizers will continue to push for changes in NSA surveillance, he said.
"A hundred thousand or so calls to Congress, on a single issue, in just over 24 hours, is the sort of mark that's met perhaps a handful of times a year, if that," he said by email. "On TuesdayA we sought to make a dent, while laying a foundation for escalation. We will persist, we will escalate, and we will win."
Participants in The Day We Fight Back also tweeted the website address 84,000 times, not including thousands of other tweets related to NSA surveillance, and they shared information about the campaign 420,000 times on Facebook, said organizers, including digital rights activist group Demand Progress.
Many of the organizations support the USA Freedom Act, a bill in Congress that would rein in the NSA's bulk collection of U.S. telephone records.
More than 6,000 websites participated in the protest, organizers said. Among the groups involved were the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union, Google, Twitter, Tumblr, Mozilla and Reddit.
An NSA spokeswoman declined to comment on the protest.
Grant Gross covers technology and telecom policy in the U.S. government for The IDG News Service. Follow Grant on Twitter at GrantGross. Grant's email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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