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Stop the online spying bills

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We need to speak out to stop the Senate from greatly expanding the power of the federal government and big corporations to spy on us as we use the Internet.

The House has already passed "Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act" (CISPA), a horrible bill that shreds our online civil liberties.

Supporters of CISPA cynically used the legitimate need to protect our vital national interests from cyber attacks as an excuse to give the government and private companies the authority to read, watch and listen to everything we do on the Internet.

Now the fight moves to the Senate, where several CISPA-like bills are under consideration.

Tell the Senate: Stop the online spying bills.

Among other things, CISPA would give the NSA - the spying agency controlled by the Department of Defense - additional power to snoop on our texts, our emails, our web history and everything else we do online.

It would also make it easier for the government to get information about us and what we do online from private companies without a court order.

The folks behind CISPA claim that national security interests make this surveillance necessary. But the bill's language is so vague and overreaching that it opens the door for rampant abuse of our online rights.

Various CISPA-like bills are under consideration in the Senate. While they differ from CISPA and each other in various ways, they all could potentially sacrifice our online civil liberties in the name of national security.

We need to send a clear message to everyone in the Senate that we won't stand for that.

Senators who are with us need to know their constituents support them. And senators who aren't with us need to be put on notice that their constituents don't want them to sell us out.

Tell the Senate: Stop the online spying bills.

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