A loose coalition of groups assembled in Washington, D.C. and elsewhere on Saturday to protest the National Security Agency’s blanket spying on citizens. According to The Hill, the “Stop Watching Us” rally was held Saturday on the 12th anniversary of the signing of the Patriot Act.
Supporters of Libertarians Ron and Rand Paul, NSA leaker Edward Snowden, journalist Glenn Greenwald and other groups swelled out the D.C. crowd of approximately 2,000 marchers. Representatives of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) rubbed shoulders with members of the Koch brothers-backed Generation Opportunity — a group focused on gutting the ACA — at the march as protesters were asked to sign petitions with their personal information.
Other groups in attendance included the sinking tea party pressure group FreedomWorks, representatives of Mozilla, the ACLU and right-wing Libertarian groups like Young Americans for Liberty and Students for Liberty.
The march began at D.C.’s Union Station and progressed to Capitol Hill. The protest was sparked by recent revelations that the NSA has not only spied on U.S. citizens and officials, but also foreign officials like Germany’s Angela Merkel.
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