This past Saturday thousands of protesters rallied in Washington in front of the Capitol Reflecting Pool to voice their displeasure with the mass surveillance programs orchestrated by the NSA. The main goal of the rally was to push Congress to reform “…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;” (source)
October 26th marked the 12-year anniversary that the Patriot Act was signed. The rally was organized by StopWatching.us, a group of over 100 organizations and companies that are pushing U.S Congress for increased accountability and reform. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, Mozilla, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the Libertarian Party are some of the organizations that are a part of the coalition.
For more information about the rally, you can visit the Stop Watching Us website here.