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'Stop Watching Us' coalition aims to stop NSA's PRISM surveillance program

Kenneth Corbin | June 17, 2013
Reddit, Mozilla, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and others from across the political spectrum join forces to flood members of Congress with letters seeking revisions to the Patriot Act and reforms that will rein in the NSA's surveillance of Internet and phone records via a program known as PRISM.

As of this morning, more than 123,000 people had signed onto the Stop Watching Us letter. Those letters will be automatically delivered to the congressmen and two senators representing each signatory, thanks to a script that hooks into the contact forms on lawmakers' websites written by the late Aaron Swartz, a celebrated programmer and advocate for openness and transparency who committed suicide earlier this year as he faced federal charges related to hacking and the prospect of a long prison sentence.

"Many legislators have policies requiring that they respond to every email they receive. As a result, Congress will be forced to read and take action in response to the public's discontent," Khanifar says.

The Stop Watching Us group is currently working on an update to Swartz's script, and expects to begin pushing out the letters by Monday, if not sooner.

Khanifar says that the group has been in communication with congressional staffers about the issue, and anticipates that face-to-face meetings will commence next week.


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