Currently, over 600 activists wait in the wings to launch a Facebook and Twitter hashtag storm calling for the impeachment of the U.S. government. The organized action is set to take place today, Monday, Dec. 23, at 6 p.m. Pacific.
Chief among the concerns of participants include the ongoing NSA spying scandal and the recently signed 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the latter of which continues controversial indefinite detention provisions found in previous years' versions, as well as an extension of PATRIOT Act domestic surveillance permissions.
The social media effort was initiated by the alternative news aggregate The Anti-Media, which currently has over 187,000 followers on Facebook.
The Anti-Media's founder Nick Bernabe gained notoriety earlier this year for being one of the pioneering organizers for the global March Against Monsanto. His political interests include more than GMOs, though.
Here's Bernabe on the motivation for the #ImpeachTheGovernment action:
We want to shed light on the 2014 NDAA which has been passed by the House and now the Senate. It contains provisions which allow the government to indefinitely detain U.S. citizens without charge or trial. We're also concerned about the NSA spying, and we want to use this event to let the government know that we're tired of having our rights violated.
Alissa Kokkins, co-host and L.A. community organizer went into further detail:
After the story broke that a federal judge was likely to rule on what most people already know is true, that NSA spying violates our human rights, I read the "Report and Recommendations of The President’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies." The report focuses on reforming the NSA, an agency that had literally broken into the lives of 311+ million people in America as well as countless others around the globe, and there was no dialogue about accountability. In fact, on page 17 & 25 of the report the review group recommended that telephone metadata be held by a private party. Privatized, #NSAspying? I was mortified.
While it seems like every day new leaks come out about #NSAspying, the mainstream media continues to steer the public dialogue towards NSA reform instead of creating a dialogue around accountability for the unconstitutional activity of #NSAspying, or even what the public might want their "national security" to look like.
On the decision to do a hashtag storm centering on impeaching the government, Kokkins added:
I asked some people if they wanted to work on an #ImpeachObama Twitter Storm, and people were like "let's do this.." Others voiced concerns about mass corruption and the scope of the hashtag being narrow and ineffective. After the passage of the 2014 NDAA on Friday in the shadows of the Duck Dynasty scandal, Nick suggested we switch to #ImpeachTheGovernment and so it is. In reality, the government should have all been thrown out of office when they passed the 2012 NDAA which codified indefinite detention and stripped us of habeas corpus.
The goal of this hashtag is to create a real public dialogue and agitate people into action. From war crimes to kill lists, spying, [Guantanamo Bay] and more, the U.S. government has and continues to commit many crimes against humanity.
The Facebook event gives several samples that can be used as Tweets or Facebook status updates. Here are some referencing the NSA spying scandal:
- #ImpeachTheGovernment because Nixon spied on one hotel; The U.S. spies on nations. #Watergate vs. #NSAspying #nobrainer
- #ImpeachTheGovernment for forcing Snowden into exile for trying to protect the rights of 310+ million people in America.
- #ImpeachTheGovernment & #Obama for #perjuryofoath by continuing the #NSAspying program after making this statement: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6fnfVJzZT4
Several more cite the 2014 NDAA:
- #ImpeachTheGovernment for committing #treason against the American people. #NDAA
- #ImpeachTheGovernment for committing "high crimes" against the people under Article II, Section. 4 of the U.S. Constitution. #NDAA #NSAspying
- #NDAA indefinite detention, that's grounds for impeachment right there. #ImpeachTheGovernment #treason
Those interested in participating can RSVP to the Facebook event or simply show up on Facebook and Twitter with their typing fingers ready.