BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA — Tuesday, July 16, 2013 — The Free Software Foundation (FSF) today eighteen other activist and advocacy organizations in challenging the National Security Agency’s (NSA) mass surveillance of telecommunications in the United States with a lawsuit filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). The recently revealed surveillance program intercepts and catalogs the time, place, and participants of all calls on Verizon’s phone network over a defined period. This includes calls made between advocacy organizations and their supporters.
The suit, First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles v. NSA, argues that such government surveillance of political organizations discourages citizens from contacting those organizations and therefore chills the free association and speech guaranteed by the First Amendment. The EFF will represent the politically diverse group of plaintiffs, which in addition to the FSF, includes Greenpeace, the California Guns Association, the National Organization for the Normalization of Marijuana Laws, and People for the American Way.