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What is the most important civil rights issue in the United States today?  Access to justice, voting rights, discrimination, rising inequality of income, wealth, and opportunity, police and prison misconduct, ensuring we have a fully functioning and robust democracy—these and other issues are all vital.

But surely one of the great civil rights issues of the day is our government’s mass surveillance of ordinary Americans.  Hundreds of millions of Americans.  In 2006, thanks in part to AT&T whistleblower Mark Klein, I filed a federal class action lawsuit (Shubert v. Bush, now Shubert v. Obama) alleging that the National Security Agency copies and stores the content of millions of domestic phone conversations and email: with loved ones, friends, doctors, lawyers, lovers, teachers, preachers, in short, everyone.  As Mr. Klein put it: “They are collecting everything on everybody.”

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