A bipartisan coalition of privacy groups is calling on Congress to end controversial surveillance programs that monitor foreign Internet traffic and collect American phone records, saying the revelations, “if true, represent a stunning abuse of our basic rights.”
Stop Watching Us., which includes Internet groups like the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Mozilla, reddit, and the American Civil Liberties Union, has created a website for Americans to sign a petition expressing concern and calling for a special congressional committee to investigate the National Security Agency’s and Federal Bureau of Investigation’s phone and online data collection programs. The group has the backing of the conservative group Freedom Works and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee.
“This type of blanket data collection by the government strikes at bedrock American values of freedom and privacy,” the coalition writes in an open letter to Congress. “This dragnet surveillance violates the First and Fourth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution…
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