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EPIC Alert 20.13 [2013] EPICAlert 13

EPIC Alert 12.13

======================================================================= E P I C A l e r t (TAKE ACTION - Sign NSA Petition) ======================================================================= Volume 20.13 July 2, 2013 ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Published by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) Washington, DC "Defend Privacy. Support EPIC." ======================================================================== TAKE ACTION: Sign EPIC's Petition Against NSA Domestic Surveillance ======================================================================== [1] SIGN EPIC's Petition to the NSA [2] SHARE EPIC's Petition via Email, Mailing Lists [3] POST EPIC's Petition on Facebook, Social Media [4] LEARN More about the NSA's Domestic Surveillance Programs [5] SUPPORT EPIC ======================================================================== [1] SIGN EPIC's Petition to the NSA ======================================================================== "the right of the people . . . to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." - First Amendment, United States Constitution EPIC's campaign to promote a public rulemaking on the NSA domestic surveillance program is underway. EPIC will be posting updates and new signatories weekly. Below is the text of EPIC's petition to the NSA. Please sign at or send email to with the subject header: "I support EPIC's Petition to the NSA". "Dear General Alexander and Secretary Hagel: The undersigned individuals and organizations, concerned about the rule of law and the protection of Constitutional freedoms, hereby petition the National Security Agency to conduct a public rulemaking on the agency's monitoring and collection of communications traffic within the United States. 5 U.S.C. § 553(e). We believe that the NSA's collection of domestic communications contravenes the First and Fourth Amendments to the United States Constitution, and violates several federal privacy laws, including the Privacy Act of 1974, and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 as amended. The NSA's collection of solely domestic communications, which has been acknowledged by the President, the Director of National Intelligence, and the Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, also constitutes a legislative rule that "substantively affects the public to a degree sufficient to implicate the policy interests animating notice-and-comment rulemaking" under the Administrative Procedure Act. EPIC v. DHS, 653 F.3d 1, 6 (D.C. Cir. 2011). Accordingly, the NSA's collection of domestic communications, absent the opportunity for public comment, is unlawful. We hereby petition the National Security Agency, a component of the Department of Defense, for relief. We ask the NSA to immediately suspend collection of solely domestic communications pending the completion of a public rulemaking as required by law. We intend to renew our request each week until we receive your response. Sincerely, Marc Rotenberg Dr. Alessandro Acquisti James Bamford Grayson Barber Professor Ann Bartow Professor Colin Bennett Professor Christine Borgman Professor Julie E. Cohen Dr. Danah Boyd Simon Davies Dr. Whitfield Diffie Dr. Cynthia Dwork Professor David Farber Addison Fischer Professor David Flaherty Professor Michael Froomkin Professor Urs Gasser Deborah Hurley Professor Jerry Kang Sheila Kaplan Professor Ian Kerr Rebecca MacKinnon Mary Minow Dr. Pablo Molina Dr. Peter G. Neumann Professor Helen Nissenbaum Ray Ozzie Deborah C. Peel, MD Chip Pitts Professor Anita Ramasastry Professor Ronald Rivest Professor Pam Samuelson Bruce Schneier Dr. Barbara Simons Edward G. Viltz For More Information: EPIC: Rulemaking Petition to the NSA FISC: Order Permitting NSA Phone Surveillance (Apr. 23, 2013) EPIC: NSA - Verizon Phone Record Monitoring EPIC: The Administrative Procedure Act (APA) ======================================================================== [2] SHARE EPIC's Petition via Email, Mailing Lists ======================================================================== EPIC's petition benefits from having as many signatories as possible. Please email and share widely on private lists: ======================================================================== [3] POST EPIC's Petition on Facebook, Social Media ======================================================================== EPIC will be posting the NSA petition on its Facebook page and Twitter feed. Please help get the message out by posting to your own Facebook page, Twitter feed, and Tumblr or other social media accounts: ======================================================================== [4] LEARN More about Domestic Surveillance ======================================================================== Stay informed with EPIC's pages on current revelations about the federal government's domestic surveillance programs and the history of domestic surveillance since 9/11: EPIC: Amicus Brief in Clapper v. Amnesty International (Sept. 24, 2012)‎ EPIC: Testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on the FISA Amendments Act (May 31, 2012) EPIC: Testimony before the 9/11 Commission on "Security and Liberty: Protecting Privacy, Preventing Terrorism" (Dec. 8, 2003) http:// Marc Rotenberg Op-Ed.: "It Is Time to Return to Oversight of Surveillance Authority." The Washington Post, June 12, 2013. oversight-of-surveillance-authority/2013/06/12/522fe660-d217- 11e2-9577-df9f1c3348f5_story.html FISC: Order Permitting NSA Phone Surveillance (Apr. 23, 2013) EPIC: NSA - Verizon Phone Record Monitoring EPIC: The Administrative Procedure Act (APA) NSA: Minimization Procedures in Foreign Intelligence (Jul. 28, 2009) NSA: Procedures for Targeting Non-US Persons (July 28, 2009) EPIC: Letter to FCC re: NSA Surveillance (Jun. 11, 2013) FISA: Verizon Order (Apr. 23, 2013) EPIC: Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act EPIC: Clapper v. Amnesty Int'l EPIC: USA PATRIOT Act ======================================================================== [5] SUPPORT EPIC ======================================================================== EPIC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. We have no clients, no customers, and no shareholders. More than ever, we need your support: ======================================================================= Join EPIC on Facebook and Twitter ======================================================================= Join the Electronic Privacy Information Center on Facebook and Twitter: Join us on Twitter for #privchat, Tuesdays, 11:00am ET. Start a discussion on privacy. Let us know your thoughts. Stay up to date with EPIC's events. Support EPIC. ======================================================================= Privacy Policy ======================================================================= The EPIC Alert mailing list is used only to mail the EPIC Alert and to send notices about EPIC activities. We do not sell, rent or share our mailing list. We also intend to challenge any subpoena or other legal process seeking access to our mailing list. We do not enhance (link to other databases) our mailing list or require your actual name. In the event you wish to subscribe or unsubscribe your e-mail address from this list, please follow the above instructions under "subscription information." ======================================================================= About EPIC ======================================================================= The Electronic Privacy Information Center is a public interest research center in Washington, DC. It was established in 1994 to focus public attention on emerging privacy issues such as the Clipper Chip, the Digital Telephony proposal, national ID cards, medical record privacy, and the collection and sale of personal information. EPIC publishes the EPIC Alert, pursues Freedom of Information Act litigation, and conducts policy research. For more information, see or write EPIC, 1718 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20009. +1 202 483 1140 (tel), +1 202 483 1248 (fax). ======================================================================= Donate to EPIC ======================================================================= If you'd like to support the work of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, contributions are welcome and fully tax-deductible. Checks should be made out to "EPIC" and sent to 1718 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20009. Or you can contribute online at: Your contributions will help support Freedom of Information Act and First Amendment litigation, strong and effective advocacy for the right of privacy and efforts to oppose government and private-sector infringement on constitutional values. Thank you for your support. ======================================================================= Subscription Information ======================================================================= Subscribe/unsubscribe via web interface: Back issues are available at: The EPIC Alert displays best in a fixed-width font, such as Courier. ------------------------- END EPIC Alert 20.13------------------------

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