Outraged by NSA spying? This bill would give local DAs the same powers.

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A new and dangerous bill in the Massachusetts Legislature could allow local DAs to monitor and collect data on all phone calls, just like the NSA. Right now, police and prosecutors are only allowed to wiretap your phone if they suspect you of involvement in organized crime. The new bill could allow police to eavesdrop on anyone suspected of much milder offenses, like marijuana possession near a school. What's worse, new language in the bill could grant law enforcement direct access to phone company switching stations, setting up unconstitutional "general wiretaps" that would collect data on huge numbers of residents, even people never suspected of a crime.

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Sign the petition to the MA Legislature: don't let local law enforcement spy like the NSA.

Petition text:

We, the undersigned, call on the Massachusetts legislature to reject proposals to expand government wiretap powers. Listening in on phone calls and electronic communication poses "grave dangers to the privacy of all citizens of the commonwealth," in the words of our existing law. However, pending legislation would ignore that wise warning. It would permit wiretapping not just in connection with organized crime, or even for serious, violent crimes, but for a wide variety of offenses down to simple drug possession and other less serious offenses. Crime has fallen substantially, but electronic surveillance is on the rise. Now is not the time to hand our government broader powers to eavesdrop on us. We urge you to oppose S.654 / H.3261, An Act Updating the Wire Interception Law.

This petition is a joint initiative of Digital Fourth and our partners at the ACLU of Massachusetts, Bill of Rights Defense Committee, Demand Progress, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Fight for the Future. Data collected through this petition will be used for organizing purposes by Digital Fourth. Questions? Contact: alex@warrantless.org

MEDIA INFORMATION: press release available here. The signatures above represent the running total of signatures collected by all partner organizations.