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Stars past and present team up for anti-NSA PSA December 30, 2013

Posted by rmshepard in Uncategorized.
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A new PSA hit the internet recently, featuring several stars past and present describing the dangers of the current NSA scandal. The NSA, which was famously targeted by whistle-blower Edward Snowden in 2013 who leaked news of the agencies spying practices, has allegedly been collecting information on all Americans, foreign governments and leaders, and perhaps internet users everywhere. The PSA includes stars such as Maggie Gyllenhaal, Wil Wheaton, Phil Donahue, John Cusack, Oliver Stone, and many others. The PSA draws comparisons between recent practices and those of Richard Nixon in the 1970s.

The campaign, called “Stop Watching Us,” is working with over 100 public advocacy groups, including the ACLU, Demand Progress, and even Libertarian organizations. Beyond the PSA, activists have protested in Washington and elsewhere, and attempted to keep the issue in the public eye.

To see the new PSA yourself, watch the following video:

Discussion Questions:

1.  What is the NSA? What did Edward Snowden reveal in 2013?

2.  Why is the revelation of the NSA’s practices so concerning for those who advocate for privacy rights on the internet?

3.  Should the government have access to our internet activity in the name of national security? Why, or why not?

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