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This summer, no news about surveillance has been more disturbing than revelations about the U.S. government's "Insider Threat Program."

The McClatchy news service has exposed "a government-wide crackdown on security threats that requires federal employees to keep closer tabs on their co-workers and exhorts managers to punish those who fail to report their suspicions."

Please click here and let your senators and representative in Congress know that you oppose any such program!

President Obama’s "unprecedented initiative, known as the Insider Threat Program, is sweeping in its reach," McClatchy reported. "It has received scant public attention even though it extends beyond the U.S. national security bureaucracies to most federal departments and agencies nationwide, including the Peace Corps, the Social Security Administration and the Education and Agriculture departments."

Take action now to express clear opposition to this assault on civil liberties.

McClatchy documented that the Insider Threat Program "emphasizes leaks of classified material, but catchall definitions of 'insider threat' give agencies latitude to pursue and penalize a range of other conduct."

In response to the Insider Threat Program, say No! By clicking here, you can quickly tell your representative and senators that this kind of program to promote snooping and fuel suspicions is unacceptable.

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-- The RootsAction.org team

P.S. RootsAction is an independent online force endorsed by Jim Hightower, Barbara Ehrenreich, Cornel West, Daniel Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald, Naomi Klein, Bill Fletcher Jr., Laura Flanders, former U.S. Senator James Abourezk, Coleen Rowley, Frances Fox Piven, and many others.

McClatchy: Obama’s Crackdown Views Leaks as Aiding Enemies
The Nation: Obama’s “Insider Threat Program”
Democracy Now: Government Employees Urged to Tattle
Digby: This Really Is Big Brother . . .


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