In Matt’s Damon’s AMA on Reddit last week, he was asked:
Hey Matt, your amazing monologue about the NSA in Good Will Hunting is probably more relevant today than it was when the film was first released. How did you come up with that scene, and are you at all surprised by the revelations on the NSA from the information released by Snowden?
Here is the clip from Good Will Hunting:
“Well, the first thing to that monologue is it’s safe to say that is the hardest that Ben and I have ever laughed while writing something. We were in our old house in Hollywood, in the basement of this house writing this thing and we were literally in tears because this monologue kept building on itself. We wrote it it one night and kept performing it back and forth, and pissing ourselves laughing.
You know, I was unaware, as I think everyone was, that they had that capacity. Snowden is literally changing policy. These are conversations we have to have about our security, and civil liberties, and we have to decide what we are willing to accept, and he’s provided a huge service kickstarting that debate…”
If you haven’t yet heard, tomorrow one of those conversations about our security, civil liberties, and what we’re willing to accept – it’s called The Day We Fight Back.
“Together we will push back against powers that seek to observe, collect, and analyze our every digital action. Together, we will make it clear that such behavior is not compatible with democratic governance. Together, if we persist, we will win this fight.”
HOW YOU CAN PARTICIPATE:
- Change your profile pictures on social media
- Share their photos
- Lurk on or join the conversations on Reddit, Twitter, Facebook or Google+ using the hashtag #thedaywefightback
- Share the site!
WHAT HAPPENS ON FEBRUARY 11th:
In the U.S.: Thousands of websites will host banners urging people to call and email Congress. Ask legislators to oppose the FISA Improvements Act, support the USA Freedom Act, and enact protections for non-Americans.
Outside the U.S.: Visitors will be asked to urge appropriate targets to institute privacy protections.
Global events: Events are planned in cities worldwide, including in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Copenhagen, Stockholm and more. Find an event near you.
Add the banner to your site now: Grab the banner code on thedaywefightback.org. They’ve built special plugins for WordPress and CloudFlare users and also have a special version of the banner that pushes people to call over email.
Will you join us?