Judges who serve on the FISA court, approving the government’s collection of phone metadata, have bought Verizon stock in the last year. Although the justices have financial involvement in the company, it is not considered a conflict of interest.
Under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), the National Security Agency and other members of the country’s intelligence community must request approval from a top-secret court (the FISA court) to be able to legally place an individual under electronic surveillance. They must show that there is probable cause that the targets “are or may be” aligned with a terrorist organization with the purpose of carrying out acts of terrorism against the United States. The authorizations to conduct surveillance must be renewed by FISA every 90 days.
Many of those requests involve Americans who use Verizon.
Over the weekend, our guerrilla stickering campaign emerged. Fifty supporters of the show hit the pavement with our gender-neutral bathroom stickers. The innocuous toilet symbol on our stickers speaks to a simple need and concern that trans people often share: bathroom safety and accessibility. We asked people to put them up in prominent spaces (and to make their own decisions about how they would handle permission in that regard).
Below are a few of the spots stickers ended up! Did you join in the stickering? Do you have any other snapshots to add to our gallery?