Groups Take on Domestic Spying

In a statement regarding the leak of an order signed by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) compelling Verizon to turn over a mass collection of telephone call logs to the National Security Agency, we noted that the news likely was a shock for many Americans. While officials within all three branches of our government signed off, or were briefed, on the program, the public has been left completely in the dark about the scope and the extent of the government’s domestic surveillance. Read what our partners are saying about the NSA's data collection, and the secrecy surrounding the programs below.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, already leading the charge in court to bring surveillance information to the public, has a thorough overview of what is known and unknown about domestic spying, and what EFF is doing about it.

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) pushed for oversight mechanisms while anticipating the renewal of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act last year. EPIC has collated its extensive work on the PATRIOT Act and FISA here.

The Government Accountability Project (GAP), which defends NSA whistleblowers William Binney, Thomas Drake, and J. Kirk Wiebe, discussed how the revelation is a vindication for whistleblowers.

The American Library Association raised concerns about the use of Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act, popularly known as the “Library Provision” because of concerns that the provision could be used to obtain library users’ reading records and other personal information. Read their take here.

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