Attorneys for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), have filed a lawsuit against the Obama Administration to stop the NSA surveillance program. Plaintiffs joining the suit are:
First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles, Bill of Rights Defense Committee, CalGuns Foundation, California Association of Federal Firearms Licensees, Council on American Islamic Relations – California, Ohio, and Foundation, Franklin Armory, Free Press, Free Software Foundation, Greenpeace, Inc. , Human Rights Watch, Media Alliance, National Organization for the Rationalization of Marijuana Laws, California Open Technology Institute, People for the American Way, Public Knowledge, Students for a Sensible Drug Policy, TechFreedom, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee.
Named defendants included Attorney General Eric Holder, NSA Director Keith Alexander and National Intelligence Director James Clapper. Whistleblower, Edward Snowden drew national attention when he leaked information about the U.S. and Britain’s top-secret surveillance program to the press. He is currently spending time in a Moscow airport waiting to hear where he will be granted asylum.
The lawsuit focuses on the broad telephone metadata collection program reported in the Washington Post and UK Guardian in June of 2013. The lawsuit cites the freedom of association clause in the 1st Amendment to the Constitution and NAACP vs Alabama (1958), a case which denied government unfettered access to the membership lists of the civil rights organization.
EFF has been defending free speech, privacy, innovation, and consumer rights since 1990 — long before there ever was Facebook or Twitter. From the beginning, EFF has championed the public interest in every critical battle affecting digital rights.