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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 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.