"We decided we couldn't just go for traditional liberal groups," Maass said.
Maass also explained that he himself is a journalist with a long history of criticizing the Tea Party. (His co-author, Nadia Kayyali, who did not return a request for comment by press time, describes herself in her bio as a longtime protester and Occupylegal member.) But, he said, "one thing that has impressed me in this whole movement against the NSA is how broad the coalition is." He also pointed out that the EFF's "Stop Watching Us" coalition includes Tea Party groups... and Occupy groups. And of course, the EFF is nonpartisan, and the piece reflected that.