DALLAS — Apr. 15, 2015 — Earlier this week, Muslim Legal Fund of America, a nonprofit that funds legal work and programs to defend Muslims against injustice, joined a growing number of civil rights organizations in support of Fight215.org, a citizen lobbying website that informs the public about mass surveillance and encourages Americans to reach out to congress regarding the issue.
Section 215 of the Patriot Act is due to expire on June 1, 2015. If renewed by Congress, the controversial program would allow the NSA to continue intruding upon the lives of millions of Americans through widespread, unrestricted documentation of phone calls and other forms of personal communication.
Khalil Meek, Executive Director of MLFA, says the chilling effect that Section 215 has on free speech hurts Americans.
“We should not have to second-guess if what we are saying to our families or friends over the phone meets the approval of some random government official.” said Meek. “Fight215.org is a great tool for Americans who want to preserve the constitutional right of free speech.”
Meek said the effectiveness of a domestic spying program continues to be highly questionable. According to a statement by Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore, on his website, the senator explains that, “We have not yet seen any evidence showing that the NSA’s dragnet collection of Americans’ phone records has produced any uniquely valuable intelligence.”
Electronic Frontier Foundation established Fight215.org, which currently has the support of 40 organizations. The list of supporters include the American Civil Liberties Union, Bill of Rights Defense Committee, Freedom of the Press Foundation, Constitutional Alliance and Human Rights Watch as well as Muslim Legal Fund of America.
Muslim Legal Fund of America is a national charity that funds legal work and programs to defend Muslims against injustice in American courtrooms, prisons and communities. Established in 2001, MLFA has defended freedom of speech, association, and religion as well as the right to a fair trial and other constitutional rights.