"Hold elected officials accountable" is the rallying cry of "Our Polls — Occupy the Vote 2012," a new activism campaign kicked off today (Feb. 27) by the Anonymous hackers and their Occupy movement brethren.
The goal of the joint effort is to unseat politicians in this year's elections who support the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA), the controversial agreements that many fear, if passed, would effectively break the Internet by restricting access to websites that host copyrighted materials.
Our Polls also focuses its energy on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a bill whose provisions allow for the indefinite detention of suspected terrorists. President Barack Obama signed the bill on Dec. 31, but admitted he had "serious reservations" with these provisions.
In its mission statement, the Our Polls authors say the NDAA is "a prominent threat to the inalienable due process rights of every US citizen as laid out in the constitution. It allows the military to engage in civilian law enforcement, and to suspend due process, habeas corpus or other constitutional guarantees when desired. Our congressmen passed one of the greatest threats to civil liberties in the history of the United States."
Then comes the movement's central question: "Will we hold them accountable on election day?"
With the motto "Elections Not Auctions," the Our Polls movement calls on voters and supporting parties to "unite as a single force to unseat the elected representatives who threaten our essential freedoms and who were so quick to minimize our individual constitutional rights for a quick corporate profit."
To help guide its supporters in advance of the elections, the groups include lists of all U.S. Senators and Representatives up for reelection that supported NDAA and/or PIPA and SOPA.