The U.S. Muslim Brotherhood, apparently aware of the stigma associated with their names, has a new modus operandi: Work through interfaith partners whenever possible. The Council on American-Islamic Relations is using that tactic in its lawsuit against the National Security Agency, letting the First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles take the lead.

A coalition about 20 groups, led by the First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles, are suing the NSA for its collection of phone records that could help it track Americans in touch with terrorists and foreign intelligence operatives. The coalition also includes the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) National, CAIR-California and CAIR-Ohio.

Other plaintiffs include Human Rights Watch, Greenpeace, the Election Frontier Foundation the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, People for the American Way, Public Knowledge, TechFreedom, Media Alliance, Open Technology Institute, Free Press, Free Software Foundation, the California Association of Federal Firearms Licenses, the Calguns Foundation and the Franklin Armory.

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