Progressive, Internet Groups Call For Congressional Inquiry Into NSA Spying

A coalition of over 80 organizations and Internet companies on Tuesday sent a letter to Congress calling for a public investigation into recently revealed National Security Agency surveillance programs. The full letter and list of signatories include the American Civil Liberties Union, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Mozilla and reddit.

The coalition launched a website to accompany the letter,, that advocates for congressional disclosure of spying activities. Laura Poitras, the filmmaker who has a byline on the Washington Post story that broke the news of the NSA’s PRISM Internet surveillance program, is highlighted on the website as a private signatory.

The full list of coalition members is below:



Advocacy for Principled Action in Government

The AIDS Policy Project, Philadelphia

American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression

American Civil Liberties Union

American Civil Liberties Union of California

American Library Association


Association of Research Libraries

Bill of Rights Defense Committee

Boing Boing


Calyx Institute


Center for Democracy and Technology

Center for Digital Democracy

Center for Financial Privacy and Human Rights

Center for Media and Democracy

Center for Media Justice

Competitive Enterprise Institute

Consumer Action

Consumer Watchdog


CREDO Mobile

Cyber Privacy Project

Daily Kos

Defending Dissent Foundation

Demand Progress

Detroit Digital Justice Coalition

Digital Fourth

Downsize DC


Electronic Frontier Foundation

Entertainment Consumers Association

Fight for the Future


Foundation for Innovation and Internet Freedom

Free Press Action Fund

Free Software Foundation

Freedom of the Press Foundation


Friends of Privacy USA

Get FISA Right

Government Accountability Project

Greenpeace USA

Institute of Popular Education of Southern California

Internet Archive, LLC

Knowledge Ecology International

Law Life Culture

Liberty Coalition

May First/People Link

Media Alliance

Media Mobilizing Project, Philadelphia



National Coalition Against Censorship

New Sanctuary Coalition of NYC

Open Technology Institute

Participatory Politics Foundation

Patient Privacy Rights 

People for the American Way

Personal Democracy Media


Privacy and Access Council of Canada

Public Interest Advocacy Centre (Ottawa, Canada)

Public Knowledge

Privacy Activism

Privacy Camp

Privacy Rights Clearinghouse

Privacy Times


Rights Working Group

Rocky Mountain Civil Liberties Association

Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy & Public Interest Clinic

Sunlight Foundation

Taxpayers Protection Alliance


TURN-The Utility Reform Network

Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center

William C. Velasquez Institute

World Wide Web Foundation


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