People have finally come out to raise their voices against National Security Agency (NSA) and the US government’s mass surveillance program.
Thousands of people marched out on the National Mall in Washington, DC to protest covert NSA surveillance operations under the banner of Stop Watching Us. The organizers are planning to present Congress with a petition which has acquired over 570,000 signatures.
Stop Watching Us comprises of 100 public advocacy groups like the American Civil Liberties Union, Freedom Works etc, as well as individuals like Chinese artist/activist Ai Weiwei and Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who worked with Edward Snowden to expose many of the NSA’s surveillance procedures.
They call for closer scrutiny of the agency as more details of its spying are leaked.
The rally also coincides with the 12th anniversary of the U.S. Patriot Act- That law that was pushed through Congress by the Bush administration after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, allowing the FBI to issue national security letters without a judge's approval in terrorism and espionage cases.
The letters require telephone companies, internet service providers, banks, credit bureaus and other businesses to produce highly personal records about their customers or subscribers.
Here are some images from the Rally: