A few weeks ago, the Wikimedia foundation filed a lawsuit against the National Security Agency on the grounds of the NSA conducting unconstitutional surveillance on Wikipedia and the agency’s unjust establishment of upstream surveillance through programs such as PRISM [x]. Wikimedia has held that this intensity of surveillance violates the First and Fourth United States Constitutional amendments which prevents government obstruction of freedom of speech and illegal search and seizure, in this case the seizure of data, IP Addresses and web browsing information.
I cannot be any more admiring of the Wikimedia foundation for taking on this commendable task than I am now. For years, since the publications detailing mass surveillance by Edward Snowden, the vast injustice committed by the National Security Agency has gone largely unfought by the public and what remains of a transparent legal system, aside from standard public outrage. But now there is finally a solid legal action against the wrongdoings of the current occupation of the NSA, the Department of Justice and other involved persons and associations.
Standing with Wikimedia and its representation by the American Civil Liberties Union is the Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International USA, The Global fund for Women, The Rutherford Institute, The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Pen American Center, The National Magazine and the Washington Office on Latin America. This collaboration is intended to be effective through the unity of causes which share a common defense of individual freedom, privacy and the good of humanity against those who abuse their power [x]. Gathering as many sympathetic organizations as possible to join in defense of this lawsuit will undoubtedly benefit its longevity and efficiency, and while the current allies to it will provide a good standing, other groups hosting causes to assist Wikimedia financially and legally, and encouraging involvement from elsewhere in the public will greatly and significantly create a bold public stance against the construction of a global surveillance state, and a call for justice based on what the Wikimedia Foundation has started.
I myself would like to see The United States Pirate Party, Fight for the Future and the Free Software Foundation put themselves into this issue and promote the good of what Wikimedia is doing. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has already made itself well-known in the surrounding discourse against upstream collection and in full support of the actions of Wikimedia, the ACLU and all those who are following [x]. For a case against the unlawful actions of the most powerful Intelligence agency in the world to work, and for the call for reform to mean anything and show anything in the end, it needs to be backed by as many people who are passionate about the human right to privacy and personal freedom as possible. This is certainly the legal battle that will determine how we fight broad, unwarranted data collection on every human being, and if we will be able to restore the basic right to have a conversation, send an email, chat via IM, use the Internet and voice any opinion and do anything at all without constantly being monitored.
Lets get more people on board, more people talking about this and how important it is, and hopefully we can finally begin making headway in the fight against the unlawful expansion of surveillance.