Wikipedia fighting the NSA

Rob here with Patriot Privacy and the Self-Reliance Institute.

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If there’s one news item that has the Internet on fire today – and rightfully so – it’s that Wikipedia is suing the National Security Agency (NSA).

What’s most interesting is that the lawsuit has galvanized people from all corners of the political universe. Left, right and center seem to be in agreement with the founders of Wikipedia when it comes to their challenge of the NSA’s spying.

So let me share several sources of information on this so you can judge the merits for yourself. As you must know by now, unlike most newsletters that just jam their point of view with no room for disagreement, I welcome disagreement. Heck, I even encourage it!

So I always want to give you the same source documents that I look at when I form my opinion so that you can form your own opinion.


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OK. Here are the sources for the news about Wikipedia suing the NSA. I am going to give you several links because some links often work better than others depending on the browser you use. Also, some folks have different preferences for the websites they trust. And, as I mentioned, this is one of those rare times when everyone across the political landscape seems to agree. So, you’ll notice that I am providing links to a range of sites/sources.

The first link is from the Wikimedia blog: “Wikimedia v. NSA: Wikimedia Foundation files suit against NSA to challenge upstream mass surveillance”

As a quick aside, this issue is worth reviewing just for a quick refresher on what “upstream mass surveillance” means.

The original letter about the Wikipedia founders’ lawsuit was published in the New York Times: “Stop Spying on Wikipedia Users”

But, it was also picked up by the right of center website ZeroHedge: “Wikipedia Founder Sues NSA, Demands ‘End To NSA’s Dragnet Surveillance Of Internet Traffic’”

And even the libertarian magazine Reason has a piece about this important battle: “NSA Spys on Wikipedia Users. Now It’s Lawsuit Time”

So, as you can see, this is a fight against the NSA that everyone seems to want a piece of because knowledge and information should be free of government surveillance.

Do you agree or disagree?

Let me know by writing me at [email protected]

Be safe, secure and free!

Rob Douglas – Former Washington DC Private Detective

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