Nineteen Organizations, Including Gun Groups, Join the EFF to Sue NSA Over Illegal Surveillance

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Tue, Jul 16th, 2013 22:25 by capnasty NEWS

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."

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