European Parliament Begins Hearings on NSA SurveillanceThe European Parliament will hold a hearing, "Electronic Mass Surveillance of EU Citizens," on September 5, 2013. The hearing is hosted by the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice, and Home Affairs ("LIBE Committee"). Witnesses include journalists and the Editor-in-Chief of the Guardian as well as current and former government officials. The hearing will focus on surveillance conducted by the United States, but will also address EU-Member State surveillance. A live stream will be accessible. The hearings is the first in a series mandated by a resolution of the European Parliament. EPIC has filed a Petition for a Writ of Mandamus in the U.S. Supreme Court, calling the National Security Agency's practice of collecting U.S. person phone call information unlawful. For more information, see EPIC: In re EPIC - NSA Telephone Records Surveillance.
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