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April 11, 2016

URGENT NEW CAMPAIGN! Protect private encryption

Senators “float” their technically illiterate plan to attack ENCRYPTION. Retweet

NOTE: We hope you watched 60 Minutes last night. They reported on the effort to declassify 28 pages of a Congressional report about Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the 9/11 attacks. We want you to know…

We’re collaborating with new partners in Congress, on this and other issues. We’re also deploying new tactics. We’ll show you how to cause real change by doing just two simple things…

  • Open each message you receive from us
  • Do the super easy action each message contains

Our next message will describe a simple yet powerful way to help get those 28 pages declassified. Meanwhile…

We’re launching a new campaign today: Don’t let politicians break private encryption.

Private encryption is what allows you to use the Internet securely. But the politicians want to crack your encryption. This will leave you vulnerable not only to criminals, but also to the ever-growing police state. You must not allow this to happen. Sadly…

The politicians are now floating a really bad piece of legislation aimed at breaking private encryption — the “Compliance with Court Orders Act of 2016.” It’s authored by Senators Dianne Feinstein and Richard Burr. We believe this bill is a trial balloon…

  • They’ll withdraw it if the opposition is too great. But they’ll rush it through if the people fail to react.
  • And if the opposition is only moderate, they’ll trim some elements, modify others, and figure out how to pass it — if not in this Congress, then the next.

YOU must react!

Please send a message to Congress using our new campaign. The hardwired message to Congress reads…

Oppose the “Compliance with Court Orders Act of 2016.”

You can copy or edit the following sample letter to create your personal comments to Congress…

I object to this bill because it would prohibit the kind of user-controlled encryption that’s in every modern smartphone, messaging service, e-commerce site, and tech product.

* Joseph Lorenzo Hall, chief technologist at the Center for Democracy and Technology, says that this bill “…basically outlaws end-to-end encryption.”

* Kevin Bankston, the director of the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute, renders an equally harsh verdict — “I gotta say in my nearly 20 years of work in tech policy this is easily the most ludicrous, dangerous, technically illiterate proposal I’ve ever seen.”

Wired magazine provides a full review of the bill’s flaws — http://bit.ly/1MmRRRL

I deny consent. Announce your opposition to this bill!

–END OF SAMPLE LETTER–

Thank you for being an ACTIVE DC Downsizer.

Jim Babka & Perry Willis

Downsize DC

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