It seems government spying is one of the few things that can unite disparate groups on the left and the right.
Led by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit law firm, more than 20 groups from across the political spectrum filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the National Security Agency, FBI and the U.S. government challenging the constitutionality of widespread collection of telephone data.
The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. It will be months before the case goes anywhere, but here’s five questions you’re probably asking about the complicated legal maneuver.
1. Who is suing the NSA?
Everyone. Well, not quite. But the list of plaintiffs in the lawsuit is pretty long – it includes churches, nonprofits and political organizations.
The amazing thing about the lawsuit is the bipartisanship of it all. One of the plaintiffs is GreenPeace. There are three pro-gun groups on the list. And two groups advocating for drug legalization.