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Chart: The Anti-NSA Rally Was So Politically Diverse, Even a Pirate Attended
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Chart: The Anti-NSA Rally Was So Politically Diverse, Even a Pirate Attended

By and Photo: Allison Shelley/Getty

On Saturday, thousands gathered in front of the Capitol Building for the celebrity-endorsed Stop Watching Us rally. A protest against mass surveillance by the National Security Agency, the event was supported by organizations representing a broad political spectrum, including the Green Party, Your Anon News (a "news network that supports" the hacktavist collective Anonymous), and the Libertarian Party.

Tom Watson argued in a column for Salon earlier in the week that the inclusion of the latter, "a right-wing political party," undermined the rally's caused:

"Going 'all in' with the libertarian purists is a fatal and unnecessary compromise; reform is clearly needed, but the presence of anti-government laissez-faire wingers at the beating heart of the privacy movement will surely sour the very political actors that movement desperately needs to make actual and not symbolic, link bait progress in its fight."

Indeed, many of the rally attendees held libertarian views. In a highly unscientific poll, we asked 50 people attendees about their political affiliations, NSA spying, and the security of their email accounts. Here's how the responses broke down:

 
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