"There is little doubt that data collection at this level goes beyond what Congress authorized in 2008 with the FISA Amendments Act and any interpretation of the 4th Amendment that I am comfortable with.
Indeed, the justification for this practice comes from a NSA set of rules that Snowden leaked, which mentions that the NSA “seeks to acquire communications about the target that are not to or from the target.”
The Obama administration has justified this practice by arguing that the messages aren’t stored and are just searched. But the fact that it is deemed legitimate to search messages where the target isn’t even part of the conversation seems to be an abuse of the system."
Supporters are now helping to
The NSA has far too much power to spy on innocent Americans without any meaningful oversight. It's gotten so bad that even one of the original ultra-conservative authors of the Patriot Act, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, joined with progressive stalwart Rep. John Conyers and Senator Patrick Leahy in introducing a bipartisan NSA reform bill. This bill, which they named the USA Freedom Act, would end…
This petition is from Daniel Ellsberg, a heroic whistleblower whose leak of the documents that became known as the Pentagon Papers was a game-changing event that altered public attitudes about Vietnam and helped Americans understand what the government was doing in our name: In 1975, Senator Frank Church, who led a committee charged with investigating and making public the abuses of American…
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