Reportedly, nineteen organizations, including "Unitarian church groups, gun ownership advocates, and a broad coalition of membership and political advocacy organizations" have joined the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) in a suit filed against the National Security Agency (NSA) for "their First Amendment right of association by illegally collecting their call records."
At the heart of First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles v. NSA is the bulk telephone records collection program that was confirmed by last month's publication of an order from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC). The Director of National Intelligence (DNI) further confirmed that this formerly secret document was legitimate, and part of a broader program to collect all major telecommunications customers' call histories. The order demands wholesale collection of every call made, the location of the phone, the time of the call, the duration of the call, and other "identifying information" for every phone and call for all customers of Verizon for a period of three months. Government officials further confirmed that this was just one of series of orders issued on a rolling basis since at least 2006.
"People who hold controversial views whether it's about gun ownership policies, drug legalization, or immigration often must express views as a group in order to act and advocate effectively," said Cohn. "But fear of individual exposure when participating in political debates over high-stakes issues can dissuade people from taking part. That's why the Supreme Court ruled in 1958 that membership lists of groups have strong First Amendment protection. Telephone records, especially complete records collected over many years, are even more invasive than membership lists, since they show casual or repeated inquiries as well as full membership."
|"His new job tasks him with defending a different endangered species: American national security journalists."|
|Know What Terms of Service You're Agreeing To Without Reading Them|
|A Fast, Lean and Efficient Blocker for Browsers|
|CaptchaTweet: Write Tweets in Captcha Form|
|"Anne Frank was, in fact, a criminal."|
|“He says he tries to use Facebook as little as possible, and that his children aren’t allowed to use that shit.”|
|“These days, the children don’t play at break time anymore.”|
|“Previously unknown plastic contamination in the tap water of cities around the world.”|
|iotacons: Pixelated Art by Andy Rash|
|“China’s unmanned stores allow people to live their lives with almost zero human contact.”|
|Ubuntu 17.10 Artful "What the Fuck" Aardvark|
|“Millions of Americans are hassled to pay back money they don’t owe.”|
|AI and Robotic Arms Remove Trash from Recycling|
|“The results of its People You May Know algorithm are anything but obvious.”|
|“End your life with a click.”|
|“Google is our modern man's God.”|
|Japanese Robot Serves Ice Cream From Inside a Vending Machine|