The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to defending civil liberties in the digital world, is calling on groups of all sides of the political spectrum to stand against the NSA’s domestic surveillance programs.
Based on what the organization’s media relations coordinator, Dave Maas, told Glenn Beck on Thursday, they’re already making serious progress.
“We’re suing the NSA on the behalf of 22 organizations, arguing that the NSA’s call records metadata program violates our First Amendment right to association,” Maas said, explaining that those 22 groups include everything from pro-Second Amendment organizations to Greepeace and the Council on American Islamic Relations.
“We have an even larger coalition of people who are pushing for reform to the NSA,” Maas added. “And it’s quite interesting to see MoveOn, and the Libertarian Party, and FreedomWorks, and the Occupy Wall Street New York City branch, and the central Ohio Tea Party group all signed onto the same cause! It’s quite an amazing thing to see.”
Beck said he was instinctively wary of the Electronic Frontier Foundation because it receives money from billionaire activist George Soros, but he is willing to stand by anyone who genuinely believes in the Bill of Rights.
“We have got to find strange bedfellows or we’re lost,” Beck said. “We’ve separated from each other for so long we don’t even know how to have a decent conversation with people anymore.”
Maas agreed, saying all the groups may not agree on everything, but it is “crucial that we maintain a system where people are free to speak and free to organize.”
“I think that the ‘stop watching us’ coalition has really been a manifestation of that unity that’s emerging,” he concluded.
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