On Monday, November 3, BORDC’s Shahid Buttar addressed a group of around 50 students and community members at an event sponsored by Project Censored at Sonoma State University in northern California. His two hour presentation entitled “Big Brother Is Watching You, and Why You Should Care,” addressed issues from NSA spying to CIA torture, President Eisenhow’s warnings about the rise of the military-industrial complex to political process corruption. Project Censored’s 2015 volume features a chapter written by Buttar about the constitutional crisis and BORDC’s work coordinating grassroots resistance of the national security state over the past 12 years.
Two weeks later, on Saturday, November 15, Buttar spoke to a group of about 100 community members in Miami, at the annual banquet of CAIR-Florida. He emphasized the need for grassroots engagement defending civil liberties, noting that Muslim Americans are the latest in a long and proud line of Americans targeted for the suppression of their fundamental rights. Buttar noted the recent failure of Congress to enact the proposed spying reforms embodied in the USA FREEDOM act, and the continuing trend towards increasing government authority across each of the past two presidential administrations.