Thousands Of Sites Block Congress In Protest Against The Patriot Act
Thousands of websites are blocking Congress’s access to their sites in a show of force to protest the Patriot Act. Led by the online activist group Fight for the Future, more than 10,000 sites have added code that redirects any visitors from Internet protocol (IP) addresses from Congress away from their site and towards a protest page. “Congress: This is a blackout,” the site reads. “We are blocking your access until you end mass surveillance laws.” Instead of renewing or reforming the three expiring provisions of the Patriot Act, the activist group wants Congress to let them expire. “The real answer is to end all authorities used to conduct mass surveillance,” Fight for the Future says on the protest page. “Until you do, thousands of websites have blocked your access, and more are joining every day.”If the Senate does not act by midnight tonight, three major parts of the Patriot Act will automatically expire. Yesterday Sen. Rand Paul penned a TIME op-ed in which he vows to stop reauthorization efforts. See the protest site here.