A bipartisan coalition of civil liberties groups and internet companies including Mozilla, Reddit, 4Chan, American Civil Liberties Union and many more have demanded an end to NSA “spying” program.
Following the revelation of the existence of a secret surveillance program (PRISM) run by U.S. National Security Agency, massive outrage sparked across the country regarding breach of privacy. And after the disclosure of several more top secret global surveillance tools and programs an international debate started over ‘massive’ espionage.
Also, a United Nations report on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression cited, “Countries that engage in bulk, warrantless Internet surveillance are violating their human rights obligations to ensure freedom of expression.”
This report puts a huge question mark on the face of the ‘democratic’ government being administered by Barack Obama, who is responsible for the growth of PRISM and related programs which are a clear violation of citizens’ privacy.
Therefore, in order to put an end to this warrantless monitoring and surveillance, 86 civil liberties groups and internet companies submitted an open letter to U.S. lawmakers today. It calls for the creation of a congressional committee to try those who were/are involved in warrantless surveillance and hold them accountable. It reads:
“This type of blanket data collection by the government strikes at bedrock American values of freedom and privacy. This dragnet surveillance violates the First and Fourth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution, which protect citizens' right to speak and associate anonymously and guard against unreasonable searches and seizures that protect their right to privacy.”
You can read the full letter on the website, Stop Watching Us.
By the way, comedian Brock Wilbur on Twitter has pointed out a very interesting fact indeed:
Oh guys, you don't need to send an open letter to Congress to protest the spying. They already know what you think. I promise.— Brock Wilbur (@brockwilbur) June 11, 2013
He is not wrong, you know.