Organizations and People Supporting the NSA Lawsuit

April 20, 2006
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The American Civil Liberties Union has filed several friend-of-the-court briefs supporting its lawsuit challenging the National Security Agency's illegal domestic spying program. (Click the links to read the briefs or learn more about our supporters.)

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Bar Associations Friend-Of-The-Court Brief
   Association of the Bar of the City of New York
   Beverly Hills Bar Association
   Boston Bar Association
   Los Angeles County Bar Association
   Bar Association of San Francisco

Constitutional Scholars Friend-Of-The-Court Brief
   Derek Shaffer, Stanford Constitutional Law Center

Civil Rights Groups Friend-Of-The-Court Brief

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press Friend-Of-The-Court Brief

Center for National Security Studies and the Constitution Project Friend-Of-The-Court Brief

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Civil Rights Groups Friend-Of-The-Court Brief
   National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
   American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC)
   Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF)
   Japanese Americans Citizens League (JACL)
   United for Peace and Justice

Business Leaders' Friend-Of-The-Court Brief
   Ronald Algrant
   Michael Kieschnick
   Mal Warwick
   Adam Kanzer
   Peter Strugatz
   Joe Sibilia


National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is a non-profit membership corporation chartered by the State of New York in 1909. The Nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization, the NAACP has more than 500,000 members and 2,200 units in the United States and overseas.

American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee is a civil rights organization committed to defending the rights of people of Arab descent and promoting their rich cultural heritage. ADC, which is non-sectarian and non-partisan, is the largest Arab-American grassroots civil rights organization in the United States. It was founded in 1980 by former United States Senator James Abourezk; has 38 chapters nationwide, and members in all 50 States. ADC is at the forefront in addressing discrimination and bias against Arab Americans wherever it is practiced. ADC also serves as a reliable source for information and education about the Arab and Muslim American community. ADC is an active organizational member of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights.
Read the ADC's statement >>

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, founded in 1974, is a non-profit organization based in New York City devoted to defending the civil rights of Asian Americans. AALDEF is concerned that the government’s reliance on vague and unchecked war powers is the same purported basis that resulted in the unlawful internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.
Read AALDEF's statement >>

Japanese Americans Citizens League
The Japanese American Citizens League was founded in 1929. JACL is the nation’s oldest and largest Asian American non-profit, non-partisan organization committed to upholding the civil rights of Americans with Japanese ancestry.
Read JACL's statement >>

United for Peace and Justice
United for Peace and Justice, with more than 1,400 member groups, is the nation’s largest antiwar coalition coordinating efforts in opposition to the U.S. war on Iraq. Since October 2002 United for Peace and Justice has supported hundreds of local protests and the three largest against the war: at the U.N. in New York City on February 15, 2003; on the eve of the Republican Convention on August 29, 2004; and in Washington D.C. on September 24, 2005.

Ronald Algrant
Ronald Algrant is the Senior Vice President of International Sales at HarperCollins Publishers and is the former Chair of the Freedom to Publish Committee of the American Association of Publishers. HarperCollins is one of the world’s leading English language publishers with over $1 billion in annual revenues. It has operations in the United States, India, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and it works with authors and agents all over the world. HarperCollins’ books are sold world-wide in more than 60 languages.
Read Ronald Algrant's statement >>

Michael Kieschnick
Michael Kieschnick is President, Chief Operating Officer, and a co-founder of Working Assets Funding Service, Inc. Working Assets is a telecommunications, credit card and media company with more than $100 million in annual revenue. International telephone service is one of the many services that Working Services provides to its customers. Mr. Kieschnick has written several books on capital markets and development, most recently Credit Where It's Due (with Julia Parzen), the authoritative study of development banking.
Read Michael Keischnick's statement >>

Mal Warwick
Mal Warwick is founder and Chairman of Mal Warwick & Associates, Inc. MWA is a leading provider of fundraising and marketing consulting services for domestic nonprofit organizations, many of which are international in focus, including the Global Fund for Women, East Meets West Foundation and Corporate Accountability International. Mr. Warwick consults with major nongovernmental organizations all over the world. He is the author of numerous books on nonprofit fundraising and regularly presents at major fundraising conferences on every continent.
Read Mal Warwick's statement >>

Adam Kanzer
Adam Kanzer is General Counsel and Director of Shareholder Advocacy of Domini Social Investments LLC. Domini is an investment firm that manages over $1.8 billion in assets for its individual and institutional investors. Its family of managed funds includes the Domini European Social Equity Fund, which is devoted entirely to the stocks of mid- to large-cap European companies.

Peter Strugatz
Peter Strugatz is the President of Strugatz Ventures, Inc., a private equity investment firm, and is the founder and co-CEO of IceStone LLC, a leading manufacturer of sustainable home building products.

Joe Sibilia
Joe Sibilia is the President and CEO of Meadowbrook Lane Capital. MBLC is an investment bank, whose principals have over $17 billion worth of transaction experience. MBLC provides a wide range of investment banking and other financial and strategic services for its clients, which have included many Fortune 500 companies with global operations. MBLC also owns a controlling interest in CSRwire, a global news distribution and resource service.

Derek Shaffer
Derek Shaffer is the Executive Director of the Stanford Constitutional Law Center
Read Derek Shaffer's statement >>

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