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EPIC announced a petition to the NSA to conduct a public rulemaking on the agency's monitoring and collection of communications traffic within the United States. 5 U.S.C. § 553(e).

The petition letter is as follows:

http://epic.org/NSApetition/

June 17, 2013

Dear General Alexander and Secretary Hagel:

The undersigned individuals and organizations, concerned about the rule of law and the protection of Constitutional freedoms, hereby petition the National Security Agency to conduct a public rulemaking on the agency's monitoring and collection of communications traffic within the United States. 5 U.S.C. § 553(e).

We believe that the NSA's collection of domestic communications contravenes the First and Fourth Amendments to the United States Constitution, and violates several federal privacy laws, including the Privacy Act of 1974, and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 as amended.

The NSA's collection of solely domestic communications, which has been acknowledged by the President, the Director of National Intelligence, and the Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, also constitutes a legislative rule that "substantively affects the public to a degree sufficient to implicate the policy interests animating notice-and-comment rulemaking" under the Administrative Procedure Act. EPIC v. DHS, 653 F.3d 1, 6 (D.C. Cir. 2011). Accordingly, the NSA's collection of domestic communications, absent the opportunity for public comment, is unlawful.

We hereby petition the National Security Agency, a component of the Department of Defense, for relief. We ask the NSA to immediately suspend collection of solely domestic communications pending the completion of a public rulemaking as required by law.

We intend to renew our request each week until we receive your response.

Sincerely,

Marc Rotenberg

Dr. Alessandro Acquisti

James Bamford

Grayson Barber

Professor Ann Bartow

Professor Colin Bennett

Professor Christine Borgman

Professor Julie E. Cohen

Dr. Danah Boyd

Simon Davies

Dr. Whitfield Diffie

Dr. Cynthia Dwork

Professor David Farber

Addison Fischer

Professor David Flaherty

Professor Michael Froomkin

Professor Urs Gasser

Deborah Hurley

Professor Jerry Kang

Sheila Kaplan

Professor Ian Kerr

Rebecca MacKinnon

Mary Minow

Dr. Pablo Molina

Dr. Peter G. Neumann

Professor Helen Nissenbaum

Ray Ozzie

Deborah C. Peel, MD

Chip Pitts

Professor Anita Ramasastry

Professor Ronald Rivest

Professor Pam Samuelson

Bruce Schneier

Dr. Barbara Simons

Edward G. Viltz

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