Star Power Gathers Against NSA In ‘Stop Watching Us’ Video

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Sameera Ehteram

Molly Crabapple and Wil Wheaton got together with Maggie Gyllenhaal, John Cusack, director Oliver Stone and Phil Donahue to raise their voice against the National Security Agency’s mass surveillance program in a video by Electronic Frontier Foundation called “Stop Watching Us.

They are just a few of the sixteen activists, politicians and academics to appear in the video. Others included whistleblowers like Mark Klein - the former AT&T technician who claimed that the company had been forwarding internet traffic to the government for years - and J. Kirk Wiebe, a former NSA analyst who went public with information about domestic surveillance programs.

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The video has been released to support an upcoming rally against the surveillance program and to call on Congress to investigate the full extent of the government spying on its citizens.

The three-and-a-half minute video was directed by Brian Knappenberger, a documentary writer, director and producer.

The rally is scheduled to take place in Washington D.C. this Saturday. The participants will demand that the current laws on internet surveillance be amended to outlaw blanket surveillance..

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Thomas Drake, former NSA linguist, and Iraq War veteran turned LGBT activist, Dan Choi, will speak at the rally, which begins with a march from Columbus Circle to the Capitol Reflecting Pool before delivering a petition with more than 500,000 signatures to Congress to demand a full investigation into domestic surveillance.

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As it says on the site, “The revelations about the National Security Agency's surveillance apparatus, if true, represent a stunning abuse of our basic rights. We demand the U.S. Congress reveal the full extent of the NSA's spying programs.”

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