Tonight New Yorkers can see, for free, a video that might make the Powers That Be a weensy bit uncomfortable: The NSA Video, narrated by Evangeline Lilly (from The Hobbit and Lost). The NSA Video screens for free at Washington Square Park against the side of building from 9pm to 9:45pm tonight. Bring cocoa and and a blanket, folding chairs, popcorn. The video is five minutes long, but you may watch it over and over.
The NSA Video was crowd-funded and created by Fight for the Future, Demand Progress, Mata Wata, and Evangeline Lilly. FFTF is the organization which produced the SOPA video which got over 7 million views and rallied the Internet for the SOPA blackout.
The US Government has turned the Internet into something it was never intended to be: a system for spying on us in our most private moments. By tapping Internet cables, undermining security standards, and getting our data from companies in secret, the National Security Agency has built the largest surveillance apparatus in history and is collecting information on most Internet users.
This is a watershed moment for our freedom to live our lives and the privacy to be who we are. With NSA surveillance programs, the US Government now has the power to arbitrarily track, target, and go after any one of us — our friends, family, the journalists and activists we depend on — because they don’t like our ideas. In a world without privacy, anything you’ve written, done, or seen can be used against you, making your life a nightmare. Spying IS censorship. Now that we know, WE decide what happens next.
Fight for the Future is urging those who can’t attend to tweet out @fightfortheftr about the film with #NSA. They will release the video online in upcoming days.