Maggie Gyllenhaal and John Cusack aren’t crazy about the National Security Agency’s penchant for mass surveillance, but they want the NSA to to hear one thing loud and clear: Stop poking around in people’s private lives.
Gyllenhaal and Cusack are among a number of prominent people — including Phil Donahue, Oliver Stone and Wil Wheaton — who lend their voices to the new public-service announcement, “Stop Watching Us: The Video.”
The PSA was produced in support of the Stop Watching Us: Rally Against Mass Surveillance, set for Saturday in Washington, D.C., the 12th anniversary of the Patriot Act.
In the video, Gyllenhaal and others rattle off the laundry list of ways that the NSA has nosed into the public’s business — including, as Gyllenhaal notes, monitoring “audio, video, photographs, documents, chat logs and emails.”
The video goes on to draw comparisons between the current situation with the NSA and Richard Nixon’s administration-toppling illegal taping, wth Cusack noting, “It was wrong then, and it’s wrong now.”
Watch Gyllenhaal and her comrades make their case: