Does NSA surveillance challenge political groups' First Amendment rights?
Many groups have accused the NSA of violating Americans’ privacy, but Hoffman is one of the first to claim the NSA’s surveillance program is illegal on First Amendment grounds. It’s an approach that is gaining much wider acceptance. Recently, Hoffman’s group joined 18 politically active organizations in filing a lawsuit against the NSA, arguing that the agency’s activities violate their right to free speech. Five more joined in September. (The list of plaintiffs, a diverse group ranging from the Unitarian Church to pro-marijuana groups, can be found below in the PDF version of the lawsuit.)