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Monthly archive: February 2011

Now You Can Register as a Pirate Voter!

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You can now register as a Pirate when you fill out your voter registration form.  When choosing a party, simply enter Pirate in the space for Political Designation.  You can pick up a voter registration form at your city elections office or town clerk’s office or request one be sent to you from the Massachusetts Elections Division at their voter registration request page. Here is the official press release, please forward it widely, especially to your local media.  Much thanks to Thanks to Erik, Chris, Clay, David, Sean and John for gathering signatures and Joshua for his help in putting this release together. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PIRATE PARTY SETS SAIL IN MASSACHUSETTS Somerville, MA, February 26th, 2011 – With the WikiLeaks controversy, net neutrality concerns, and a need for a voice in the protection of the internet, one group of people have decided to stand up and answer the call for these issues. The Massachusetts Pirate Party, MAPP for short. The Massachusetts Elections Division has approved the MAPP’s political designation petition.  Voters will now be able to register as Pirates in addition to other political parties. We live in a country founded on the ideals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. For many people, those ideals are not real.  The Supreme Court and Congress have expanded the power of corporations and made them more powerful than people.  Increasingly government officials ignore open meeting laws, make deals favorable to corporations behind closed doors and sell off our public information to private interests.  Congress has allowed corporations to lock down our culture through copyrights that last four times longer than they did at the founding of our nation. Ever since the 9/11 attack on the United States by Al Qaeda, the United States government has increasingly sacrificed our liberties and … Read more

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Senate approves USA PATRIOT Act 90 day extension

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The US Senate approved a 90 day extension to the expiring provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act, including: The government’s power under USA PATRIOT Act Section 215 to obtain secret court orders for Internet, phone and business records of people who are not suspected of terrorism or spying; The government’s “lone wolf wiretapping” power, allowing it to get court orders authorizing secret foreign intelligence wiretaps against individuals who have no connection to any foreign power or terrorist group; and The government’s power to obtain blank-check roving wiretap orders that can be used to tap any phone number, email account or other communications facility that the government believes is being used by its target. We don’t know whether Brown or Kerry voted in favor of this bill, but considering that the vote was 86-12, odds are they did.  UPDATE: Brown voted for it and Kerry did not vote according to the roll call. Thanks to those pirates who contacted our Senators.  In the final House vote,  Keating, Lynch and Tsongas again voted for it, while Frank and Tierney did not vote. With the 90 day extension, the fight is not over. Please contact both of our Senators and your representative and urge them to oppose any bill that will renew the dangerous USA PATRIOT Act powers listed above. You can reach our Senators at: Scott Brown (202) 224-4543 http://scottbrown.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/emailscottbrown John Kerry (202) 224-2742 http://kerry.senate.gov/contact/ You can contact your Representative by email (the EFF has convenient webpage to do this) or call them at the numbers listed below: 1st Congressional District – John Olver – (202) 225-5335 / (413) 532-7010 2nd Congressional District – Richard Neal – (202) 225-5601 / (413) 785-0325 3rd Congressional District – James McGovern – (202) 225-6101 / (508) 831-7356 4th Congressional District – Barney Frank – (202) 225-5931 … Read more

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Brain Candy

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No one ever established that the press was meant to do anything more than inform the public of what any given publisher wants the public to know. Freedom of the press only guarantees us protection from government suppression of facts, not corporate suppression of same. If we want that to change, we will have to legislate it. For example, in the same way food manufacturers became required to list ingredients in order of quantity (suddenly the first ingredient in every kids’ cereal “became” sugar), so too should information shows be required to list the contents of their programs by quantity. What is today is called news would after legislation be called: Opinion, advertising, sports coverage, celebrity gossip, and *select* current events. Contains less than 2% of the following: Things you need to know. Trace amounts of: Things you’d like to have everyone know. DISCLAIMER: This product is not intended for use as a single source of information. Intellectual malnutrition may result.

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Thanks for opposing extending the PATRIOT Act, now to the Senate!

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Thanks to those pirates who contacted our Representatives, especially Keating, Lynch and Tsongas, to urge them to vote against extending various anti-privacy provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act.  The House of Representatives held another vote yesterday, and the entire Massachusetts delegation voted for privacy and against increased government surveillance. Unfortunately, it looks like the House will approve this bill and so we need to stop it in the Senate.  Please contact both of our Senators and urge them to oppose any bill that will renew the following dangerous USA PATRIOT Act powers: The government’s power under USA PATRIOT Act Section 215 to obtain secret court orders for Internet, phone and business records of people who are not suspected of terrorism or spying; The government’s “lone wolf wiretapping” power, allowing it to get court orders authorizing secret foreign intelligence wiretaps against individuals who have no connection to any foreign power or terrorist group; and The government’s power to obtain blank-check roving wiretap orders that can be used to tap any phone number, email account or other communications facility that the government believes is being used by its target. You can reach our Senators at: Scott Brown (202) 224-4543 http://scottbrown.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/emailscottbrown John Kerry (202) 224-2742 http://kerry.senate.gov/contact/ Thanks!

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Keating, Lynch and Tsongas vote to extend Patriot Act

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Yesterday, the US House of Representatives had a fast-tracked vote on whether to renew several troubling provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act.  The law has increased the government’s ability to spy on us without increasing oversight to make sure the FBI and other agencies are not abusing these powers.  The fast-track vote required a two thirds vote and, thankfully, failed.  Most of the Massachusetts delegation voted against the bill, but Representatives Keating, Lynch and Tsongas voted in favor of the bill. Please contact your Representatives to thank them for voting against the bill, or Keating, Lynch and Tsongas to tell them that they should stand up for the privacy of all Americans and against government surveillance in the next vote which is expected shortly. You can email them (the EFF has convenient webpage to do this) or call them at the numbers listed below: 1st Congressional District – John Olver – (202) 225-5335 / (413) 532-7010 2nd Congressional District – Richard Neal – (202) 225-5601 / (413) 785-0325 3rd Congressional District – James McGovern – (202) 225-6101 / (508) 831-7356 4th Congressional District – Barney Frank – (202) 225-5931 5th Congressional District – Niki Tsongas – (202) 225-3411 / (978) 459-0101 6th Congressional District – Jonathan Tierney – (202) 225-8020 / (781) 595-7375 7th Congressional District – Ed Markey – (202) 225-2836 / (508) 875-2900 8th Congressional District – Michael Capuano – (202) 225-5111 / (617) 621-6208 9th Congressional District – Stephen Lynch – (202) 225-8273 / (617) 428-2000 10th Congressional District – William Keating – (202) 225-3111 / (617) 770-3700 To find out who your representative is, please visit Where Do I Vote MA and enter your address.

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Surveillance Camera Mapping Picnic, 8/26

Surveillance Camera Mapping Picnic, Saturday, 8/26

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