By: News Staff, 10/23/2013
Privacy activists plan a massive march on Washington, D.C., this weekend demanding that Congress rein in the National Security Agency. The Saturday event, dubbed the Rally Against Mass Surveillance, is being organized by a coalition called Stop Watching Us.
More than 570,000 people have signed a petition in support of the group, and more than 100 public advocacy organizations and companies will be represented at the march and rally. The rally is also being supported through a public service announcement featuring film celebrities like John Cusack, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Oliver Stone. Activists will lobby Congress on Friday, asking for changes to the federal government’s policies regarding data collection. Their demands include changes to Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act of 2001, the state secrets privilege, and the FISA Amendments Act in order to stop blanket surveillance and to increase government transparency.
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