The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) announced that the grassroots campaign opposing the dragnet surveillance programs of the National Security Agency (NSA) at StopWatching.Us has garnered 500,000 signatures. When half a million people sign up for a campaign the government would be wise to take note of it.
Since launching two weeks ago, the campaign has been backed by Internet companies like Namecheap, Reddit, and Mozilla as well as dozens of advocacy organizations from across the political spectrum. Internet surveillance without due process is an issue that brings people of every political persuasion together because it is inherently wrongheaded and not necessary – particularly on American soil where the NSA is not supposed to be conducting such surveillance.
This week World Wide Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee added his support to the campaign. He was joined by internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei. Other prominent supporters include Icelandic Parliamentarian Birgitta Jónsdóttir, author Cory Doctorow, Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, and actor John Cusack.
In addition to signing onto Stop Watching Us, individuals who oppose NSA spying can call their members of Congress using the dedicated call line 1-STOP-323-NSA (1-786-732-3672).
You can learn more by visiting www.stopwatching.us.