BALTIMORE – The American Civil Liberties Union and other groups are suing the National Security Agency and the Department of Justice, challenging the government's Internet surveillance as overly broad.
The lawsuit's plaintiffs include the Wikimedia Foundation, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and other groups. It alleges that the surveillance described by former contractor Edward Snowden, violates the First and Fourth amendments. The government does this kind of surveillance by tapping into the Internet's "backbone" to collect vast amounts of searchable data.
Wikimedia Foundation executive director Lila Tretikov wrote that "the NSA is straining the backbone of democracy."
The Justice Department and the NSA did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the suit.