Jesse Ventura, former Minnesota Governor and host of a new show online called "Off the Grid," has endorsed tomorrow's planned Internet protest of NSA surveillance, attentively dubbed "The Day We Fight Back."
“Benjamin Franklin once said those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety,” stated Jesse Ventura. “I hope to raise awareness of how dangerous the NSA has become, and I will be joined online with people around the world who feel the same way.”
Ventura will dedicate Tuesday's show to the protest. You can watch it here at 3 pm EST on Tuesday.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation and other advocacy groups, companies, and concerned citizens are calling on everyone on the Internet to join them in demanding that our government put an end to mass surveillance by the National Security Agency (NSA). Inspired by court battles for privacy rights, its opposition to SOPA and PIPA, and the memory of Aaron Schwartz (who committed suicide over the government's heavy-handed tactics in a hacking case against him), the EFF and a coalition of advocacy groups have marked February 11 as "The Day We Fight Back Against Mass Surveillance."
On that day thousands of web sites will host banners urging people to call and email members of Congress urging them to oppose the FISA Improvements Act (which basically enshrines the NSA's current surveillance practices), support the USA Freedom Act, and to implement "protections for non-Americans." Non-U.S. visitors will be asked to urge agencies and politicians in their own countries to institute privacy protections.
Web sites looking to get involved and individuals seeking more information about activities on February 11 can find out more here.