Today, Mozilla – the makers of Firefox and a self-described "non-profit organization dedicated to keeping the power of the Web in people's hands" – launched a campaign called StopWatchingUs to demonstrate its resistance against the recently unveiled NSA government surveillance program.The campaign was announced on Mozilla's blog this morning, and is sponsored by a "broad coalition of organizations from across the political and technical spectrum." The group desires citizens and other companies to demand full account of what information is being monitored by the government, and has created an online petition addressed to members of Congress.
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The petition states, "this type of blanket data collection by the government strikes at bedrock American values of freedom and privacy," and that the surveillance infringes upon the First and Fourth Amendments of the Constitution. The petition's goals include the following:
- Enact reform this Congress to Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act, the state secrets privilege, and the FISA Amendments Act to make clear that blanket surveillance of the Internet activity and phone records of any person residing in the U.S. is prohibited by law and that violations can be reviewed in adversarial proceedings before a public court;
- Create a special committee to investigate, report, and reveal to the public the extent of this domestic spying. This committee should create specific recommendations for legal and regulatory reform to end unconstitutional surveillance;
- Hold accountable those public officials who are found to be responsible for this unconstitutional surveillance.