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"Stop Watching Us" - Celebrities, whistleblowers, and activists speak out against the NSA in new PSA-style video

New PSA Featuring Rep. John Conyers and Actor Maggie Gyllenhaal Warns Against NSA Surveillance

StopWatching.us Coalition Releases Video to Support Oct. 26 Rally Against NSA Mass Surveillance

October 23, 2013


US Rep. John Conyers Jr., “Pentagon Papers” whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg and actor Maggie Gyllenhaal join a chorus of prominent voices calling for an end to mass suspicionless surveillance by the National Security Agency (NSA) in a new short video released by the StopWatching.us coalition. Directed by Brian Knappenberger (We Are Legion: The Story of the Hackivists) and produced by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the PSA-style video draws parallels between the privacy invasions perpetrated by the Nixon administration and the dragnet telecommunications data collection confirmed this summer by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: https://rally.stopwatching.us/

The video, “Stop Watching Us: The Video,” is a call to action released in support of the Stop Watching Us: Rally Against Mass Surveillance being held in Washington, DC, on Saturday, Oct. 26, the 12th anniversary of the Patriot Act. Formed in June 2013, the StopWatching.us coalition is comprised of more than 100 public advocacy organizations and companies from across the political spectrum demanding that Congress investigate the full extent of the NSA's spying programs.

“I’m very honored to help EFF and StopWatching.us get out the word and make the rally in DC as big and as informed as possible,” Knappenberger said. “This is the moment for a large scale debate on the future of this thing we all love, the Internet, the way we communicate, our relationship with our government and how technology and its progress can blend with more traditional notions of privacy, liberty and democracy.”

A diverse cast of media, academic, political and legal figures and truth-speakers unite in the video to sound the alarm over unconstitutional government surveillance. The full list, in order of appearance, includes:

• Daniel Ellsberg, “Pentagon Papers” whistleblower

• Phil Donahue, television talk-show pioneer

• US Rep. John Conyers Jr., (D-MI), ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee

• David Segal, executive director of Demand Progress

• Maggie Gyllenhaal, actor and activist

• Oliver Stone, director of The Untold History of the United States and Nixon

• John Cusack, actor and activist

• Wil Wheaton, actor and writer

• Molly Crabapple, artist and writer

• Jesselyn Radack, U.S. Department of Justice whistleblower and national security and human rights director at the Government Accountability Project

• J. Kirk Wiebe, NSA whistleblower

• Mark Klein, AT&T whistleblower who revealed the telecommunications company’s collaboration with the NSA in collecting customer data

• Thomas Drake, NSA whistleblower

• Cindy Cohn, Legal Director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation

• Dan Choi, LGBTQ activist and Iraq War veteran

• Lawrence Lessig, Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School

Thomas Drake and Daniel Choi will also speak at the rally, which begins with a march from Columbus Circle to the Capitol Reflecting Pool at 12 p.m. EST on Saturday, Oct. 26. StopWatching.us will also deliver more than 500,000 signatures opposing the NSA’s mass surveillance to Congress. The coalition is calling for a full Congressional investigation of America’s surveillance programs, reform to federal surveillance law, and accountability from officials responsible for hiding this surveillance from lawmakers and the public.

For more information on the full list of organizations involved in the coalition and the joint letter sent to Congress, please visit: https://stopwatching.us/.

More information about the rally is available here: https://rally.stopwatching.us.

To speak to a StopWatching.us spokesperson about the video, please contact Christina DiPasquale at 202.716.1953 or Christina@fitzgibbonmedia.com.


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Conyers is scum. Just trying to some points.

They didn't reach out to the liberty movement? Wonder why? That's right! All of us who really believe in the Constitution are terrorist....

In response to the silly arguement;

Giving up the ability to spy on everyone could cost Zero American lives.

100% agree with the sentiment but

My goodness almost made it to the end and John Cusack had to slip that word "Democracy". Why is that word the basis of every argument out of Hollywood??

WOW. Finally a celebrity PDA that's premise isn't retarded.

Bravo to the participants!

Partisan shill (Tom Watson) with a hidden agenda smears rally

Partisan shill (Tom Watson) with a hidden agenda smears "Stop Watching Us" rally


what the... FAIL!

FAIL FAIL FAIL! Yup, I'm yelling. They're blaming it on NIXON! He's DEAD! ROFL!! They didn't have the guts to smear the screen with the face that deserves reproof... Obomya. It's as if the NSA is some autonomous entity that BO has absolutely nothing to do with. Garbage and a waste of time and effort if they refuse to show the face responsible for what's happening.

If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.
James Madison

i didn't take it as blaming nixon

but comparing the two.

"The two weakest arguments for any issue on the House floor are moral and constitutional"
Ron Paul

Its the NSA

Yes they should put Obama face on there as well although the NSA was there way before Obama & will be there after Obama. Obama is a Puppet for the NSA, Federal Reserve, Military Industrial Complex, etc. Obama has very little say on what the NSA does.

but Nixon?

The NSA was established by TRUMAN!! If they want to point a finger, then it should be Truman they point at. But noooooooo! They try to keep the dems unblemished. I'm not saying Nixon was any good, but if they don't tell the truth, if they ACT like the NSA by obfuscating the truth, well, I don't care that they've banded together to try to do aomething about it. And go to Congress? For what? To have it defunded? Repeal its authorization? Legislate restrictions? Do they honestly believe it would get passed the Senate and BO would sign it? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA
I know, I shouldn't trash their effort, but the video screams 'REPUBLICAN MESS!' and ignores the fact that it's the entire D.C. machine. They should have shown every president from Truman to now - that would have had a greater affect. Instead, they want the focus on one dead president. Pathetic. One-sided garbage irks me. lol

If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.
James Madison

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Gives new meaning to "The Truman Show" -- he was being watched by thousands of cameras, unable to leave (at least that's not currently the case, legally, for most of us -- but, practically, it is and has long been the case).

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This Issue Is More Important The Federal Reserve

There, I said it.

Oathkeepers, truthers, constitution party, Libertarians should all be hopping on this bandwagon because it effects all of us across the board.

This is the one issue that may very well push us into the mainstream!

It is as important.

Without addressing the Fed this will continue in the future.



I doubt the forth estate(#1

I doubt the forth estate(#1 enemy of the American people) will be covering this event.



I didn't watch it yet .. but let me guess:

The video is a series of short, frontal takes of celebrities.

In each short take, the celebrity - looking very casual and non-celebrity-ish - looks into the camera and says part of a relevant sentence ...

Then, in each succeeding take they take turns either finishing the sentence of the one before them, or launching brand new sentences of their own .. all direct and passionate calls to the minions to take up the fight for change.

Am I right?

Spot on sir

spot on =]


Hilarrrious!!! I wasn't going to watch this as I had a similar feeling but now that u have described what I was feeling to a T I will bypass flashblock and see if you are correct

Oh yeah lol. I called it

I watched it right after I posted. :)

Its actually pretty good. But its Hollywood:

When they get on a trend that works, they beat on it mercilessly until it dies the inglorious death of a thousand Youtube parodies.


Its really great that these people are catching on to the massive surveillance state that PERFECTLY MIMICS the plots of countless sci-fi movies that the very same people have been involved in making for years.

It's not like it's taking years for the parallels to *finally* sink in. Or anything.


The NSA is just more total control and along with Obammy care . We will have nothing private left political beliefs, love life, wishes needs and wants all will be controlled by the Government . Remember if you see something say something NOT . Soon children will be turning in the parents for anti Government beliefs just like in Nazi SS Germany (mother land)=(home land security ) God bless America

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I'm mid-40s and recall as a child parents being jailed on their children's innocent words in school. "Hey daddy has a funny pipe like that!", etc.

But, yeah, it's likely to get worse before it gets better. Especially if the government trough empties on Nov 1st...

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Nice work...Isn't what NSA is

Nice work...Isn't what NSA is illegally doing called "stalking"?

Yes it is.

Don't stalk me bro.

I'd rather have a bottle in front o' me than a frontal lobotomy

Rally this Saturday in Washington D.C.

Justin Amash will be among the speakers, full list and more info here:


I don't see

snipers - listed on the bottom line
reckon its a given


Hollywood Stars Ask N.S.A. to Stop Mass Surveillance

OCTOBER 23, 2013, 5:54 PM

SAN FRANCISCO — The debate over National Security Agency spying has gone Hollywood.

The director Oliver Stone and the actors Maggie Gyllenhaal and John Cusack appear alongside Representative John Conyers Jr., a Michigan Democrat; the Harvard Law School professor Lawrence Lessig; Daniel Ellsberg; and four government whistle-blowers in a new video calling for an end to mass N.S.A. surveillance.

The video, which was produced by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, draws comparisons between recent revelations by the N.S.A. whistle-blower Edward J. Snowden and crimes conducted under the Nixon administration.

And it doesn’t exactly let American technology companies off easy. ”We have also learned of the large-scale collaboration with telecom giants, Internet companies and service providers,” the actor Wil Wheaton (who played Wesley Crusher in “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and is a popular figure in tech circles) tells viewers as a shot of the now infamous Prism PowerPoint slide, listing Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, Facebook and other companies, comes into focus.

Those companies have all said that they have no choice but to comply with government orders. But counterparts that shut down their services rather than comply with government requests for user information are hailed as heroes.



Hollywood Joins Anti-Surveillance Push

October 23, 2013, 3:09 PM

Hollywood is getting in on the debate over National Security Agency spying.

A highly eclectic array of actors and activists, ranging from Maggie Gyllenhaal, John Cusack and Oliver Stone to former NSA officials and tea party groups, have joined forces to speak out against NSA surveillance programs in the wake of the disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, including the collection of nearly all Americans’ phone records.

Under the banner of the StopWatching.us Coalition, the group issued a video Wednesday featuring supporters like Ms. Gyllenhall, Rep. John Conyers (D., Mich.), and former talk show host Phil Donahue to promote the “Rally Against Mass Surveillance” the group is holding this Saturday.

The video invokes the political surveillance under President Richard Nixon’s administration. “We need to end mass suspisionless surveillance,” Ms. Gyllenhaal says. Mr. Conyers, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, says, “we’ve been misled.” Mr. Stone says, “history tells us we need to watch the watchers.


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