‘Stop Spying On Us!’ Short Film Featuring ‘The Hobbit’s Evangeline Lilly Opposes NSA Surveillance
When you’ve got actress Evangeline Lilly on your campaign against NSA surveillance, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll appeal to the masses. The Golden Globe nominee is collaborating with two internet freedom groups to release a five-minute video exposing the NSA’s dirty laundry.
Fight for the Future and Demand Progress — along with The Hobbit actress — debuted the video at 9pm last night in Washington Square Park, NYC, according to a Facebook invitation. The video, which was made possible through a successful crowdfunding campaign, will be projected on the side of a large building in Manhattan.
The members behind the film call it “an epic public screening of NSA’s least favorite video.” The purpose of the short video is to bring awareness about the government spying on Americans’ internet activity. According to The Washington Post, the NSA program collects “hundreds of millions of contact lists from personal e-mail and instant messaging accounts around the world, many of them belonging to Americans.” However, President Obama assures the public that it’s non-U.S. citizens that fall victim to the NSA’s prying eyes.
The NSA argues that they are not interested in the inane activities of regular citizens. “[The agency] is focused on discovering and developing intelligence about valid foreign intelligence targets like terrorists, human traffickers and drug smugglers. We are not interested in personal information about ordinary Americans,” says WaPo.
This falls on deaf ears for the people behind the short film. The event will also be used to rally protesters to attend the Stop Watching Us Rally Against Mass Surveillance in Washington DC on October 26th.
Are you concerned about the NSA’s activities? The clip is available below.