Broad coalition sues feds to halt electronic surveillance by National Security Agency

  • Article by: MARTHA MENDOZA , AP National Writer
  • Updated: July 16, 2013 - 12:17 PM

Rights activists, church leaders and drug and gun rights advocates found common ground and filed a lawsuit against the federal government to halt a vast National Security Agency electronic surveillance program.

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deadtraymanJul. 16, 1312:57 PM

Of course the SEIU and LaRaza are fighting for no security in the airwaves and over the borders.

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jd55604Jul. 16, 13 1:24 PM

It's a sad day when groups have to sue our government to prevent them from completely ignoring the 4th amendment rights of 300 million people.

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Start Moving AheadJul. 16, 13 2:25 PM

President Obama, Attorney General Holder, Senators Klobuchar & Franken, and the most other elected Democrats have told us there is absolutely no chance for abuse by the government. Apparently the 4th amendment to the US Constitution is merely a "suggestion" to Democrats. This is the most egregious abuse of personal freedom since the internment of Japanese Americans during WW two. Unfortunately, there is no way to stop them.

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upnorth85Jul. 16, 13 3:19 PM

The NSA is collecting so much data (logging every call every American citizen makes, e-mails etc), that it is now unable to use the data. The Boston Bombing was a good example where NSA failed miserably. It is time the 4th Amendment of the constitution was respected. There is no basis for having a secret court that rubber stamped every one of the 1800 requests for mass data collection by NSA. The courts decisions are also classified. No lawyer can give an alternative view to the "Judge". We are becoming a police state. Osama has indeed terrorized us to the extent so much that now the US government suspects every US citizen.

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thunderJul. 16, 13 3:44 PM

This has been going on for over a decade. Why the concern now. Where were you dissenters 10 years ago?

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petepelosiJul. 16, 13 6:42 PM

thunder, 10 years ago the federal government was not targeting specific political groups via the IRS which influenced elections.

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markythomJul. 16, 13 7:31 PM

Thunder, 10 years ago, we did not know it was going on. Remember, they didn't tell us they were doing it. It was top secret with the secret court blessing it so they wouldn't have to tell us.

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buskahJul. 16, 13 8:42 PM

I wrote so many letters and emails to my representatives and President Bush asking them to stop the Patriot Act, the only one that responded was Senator Russ Feingold. We could use a few more like him in the senate.

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redkayakJul. 16, 13 8:55 PM

The trouble with selective indignation is that half the people think the IRS spying is fine as long as they spy on people the don't like, i.e. republicans. Everyone needs to understand that wrong is wrong no matter who the current victim is. Next time it could be you under the microscope.

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edinawaterJul. 16, 13 9:18 PM

I was complaining about the government's power grabs ten years ago and I was labeled unpatriotic for doing so. Some people accused me of being paranoid. It wasn't until Snowden provided proof of the government's actions that this topic could be discussed without people looking around for a tinfoil hat.

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