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Snowden: NSA Spied on Human Rights Nonprofits

April 8, 2014

Speaking before the Council of Europe, whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed that the National Security Agency (NSA) has spied on human rights defender groups such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International. "The NSA has targeted leaders and staff members of these sorts of organizations, including domestically within the borders of the United States," said Snowden. He said that the NSA uses sophisticated technology store and track "trillions" of electronic communications, such as emails and online chats. 

This kind of surveillance is a serious concern for nonprofit organizations, particularly those focused on promoting human rights in dangerous regions. It can create a chilling effect that makes it even more difficult for nonprofits to carry out their good works. 

The Charity & Security Network is party to a lawsuit against the NSA's bulk data collection in the U.S.

NSA Reform Stalls in Committee (The Hill)

February 16, 2014
Julian Hattem

From The Hill Feb. 16, 2014


Fight Back Against Mass Surveillance

February 11, 2014

A coalition of non-profits, private companies, and other opponents of the NSA's spying regime declare Tuesday, February 11 a day to fight back against mass surveillance.  Participants including Access, GreenPeace, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Mozilla, will join potentially millions of Internet users to pressure lawmakers to end mass surveillance.  Everyone is encouraged to contact their representatives, sign a petition, and attend one of the special events scheduled for today in 17 cities across the globe.

"Since the first revelations last summer, hundreds of thousands of Internet users have come together online and offline to protest the NSA’s unconstitutional surveillance programs. These programs attack our basic rights to connect and communicate in private, and strike at the foundations of democracy itself. Only a broad movement of activists, organizations and companies can convince Washington to restore these rights,” Josh Levy of Free Press, said.

Nonprofit Groups’ Lawsuit Challenging NSA Spying Set for April 2014 Hearing

January 30, 2014

The lawsuit filed in 2013 by 24 nonprofit groups that is challenging the National Security Agency’s (NSA) bulk collection of their communications data is moving forward, with a hearing set for April 25, 2014 in the federal district court in Oakland, CA.  Attorneys at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which represents the nonprofits, filed a response to the government fileing a

Report: Terrorist Threats Uncovered by Traditional Police Work, Not NSA Surveillance

January 16, 2014

A January 2014 report from the New American Foundation reveals that “traditional investigative methods such as the use of informants, tips from local communities, and targeted intelligence operations” were more useful in uncovering terror investigations than bulk data collection.

ACLU appeals NSA phone data ruling (The Hill)

January 3, 2014
Kate Tummarello, The Hill, Ja. 2, 2104

The ACLU is appealing a recent court ruling that found the National Security Agency's surveillance of phone call data constitutional.  Last week, Judge William Pauley of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ruledin the case ACLU v.

54 Civil Liberties and Public Interest Organizations Oppose the FISA Improvements Act (EFF)

December 19, 2013

From: Rainey Reitman for EFF, Dec. 18, 2013

Judge: NSA’s collecting of phone records is likely unconstitutional (WashPo)

December 16, 2013
Washington Post

From: Ann E. Marimow for the Washington Post, Dec. 16, 2013

A federal judge in Washington said Monday that the government’s widespread collection of telephone records of millions of Americans is likely unconstitutional.

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