Our Mission

The Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC) is a national non-profit, non-partisan organization working to restore the rule of law and our constitutional rights and liberties. We aim to make police and intelligence agencies accountable to we, the people whom they serve. BORDC supports an ideologically, politically, ethnically, geographically, and generationally diverse grassroots movement, focused on educating Americans about the erosion of our fundamental freedoms; increasing civic participation; and converting concern and outrage into political action. 

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The Issues

Honor True Patriots

Every month, BORDC honors an individual who has made an outstanding contribution in his or her community to the movement to restore civil liberties and the rule of law.

BORDC is proud to announce its October Patriot Award Winner, Zaki Manian. Zaki was instrumental in organizing the first wave of Restore the Fourth mass demonstrations. He was politicized after the Snowden revelations and since then has focused on organizing people from all sides of the political spectrum around constitutional issues. He was an integral part of the organizing campaign to pass SB 828 in California and he played an invaluable roll the Shame on Feinstein Coalition, where he built the website and encryption architecture that allowed over 3000 people to sign on voicing their displeasure with Feinstein’s lack of action to hold the NSA accountable.

Matthew Kellegrew, BORDC’s Legal Fellow praised Zaki: “What makes Zaki’s organizing so valuable and so effective is his humble, but passionate approach. Zaki isn’t trying to get famous or be the center of attention. Instead, he is dedicated to selflessly building and maintaining constitutional protections for everyone, often by taking on the most thankless, but important, tasks.”

Zaki is the chapter leader of Restore the Fourth in San Francisco, which is a national transpartisan grassroots organization dedicated to anti-mass surveillance, and restoring the 4th amendment. He has described Restore the Fourth as a mass surveillance-only organization that is formed of people of all political backgrounds who believe mass surveillance is an existential threat to democracy. The organizations works on both legislative and technology fronts to promote and train on cryptography tools and to get legislation passed to constrain government surveillance.

Professionally, Zaki founded SKUChain, a stock keeping program that desires to bring cryptographic trust to the technological supply chain. He was also a System Integration Engineer at ReaMetrix and was their lead engineer of Immedia Systems. ReaMetrix is a biotechnology company that primary operates in India and is focused on creating affordable diagnostics for less developed nations. As the lead engineer of the Immedia Systems project, Zaki’s responsibilities included, among other things, software development for an instrument platform, enterprise IT work, building and deploying computer systems, website development, and marketing collateral.

His interests and experiences include cryptography, encrypted messaging, mass surveillance, embedded systems, and image analysis. Zaki’s desire to work in the complex world of cryptography comes from his own understanding that information security and cryptography are necessary means for substantial progress in any area of social justice and reform. By using his own skills and experience to help promote social justice and change in government surveillance, he assigns himself the responsibility to “[try] to operate at the intersection of software engineering, policy and social justice to try to preserve a mechanism for peaceful social change when the situation seems be becoming more adversarial by the moment.”

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