Restore The Fourth Is Your July Fourth Protest Against The NSA

    July 2, 2013
    Zach Walton
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Does the NSA violate the Fourth Amendment with its data collection programs? A secret FISA court doesn’t think so, but plenty of Internet companies and civil rights organizations do. That’s why they’re planning a nationwide protest on the biggest four of the year.

A collection of Internet companies – like Reddit, Mozilla and Worpress – alongside a number of civil rights organizations – ACLU, EFF, etc – are joining together to launch Restore the Fourth. The group, according to its Web site, is “a grassroots, non-partisan, non-violent movement that seeks to organize and assemble nationwide protests on July 4th, 2013.” The protests will be officially taking place in over 100 cities across the nation, but they encourage others to join in as well.

As for the group’s demands, they’re surprisingly simple:

  • 1. Enact reform this Congress to Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act, the state secrets privilege, and the FISA Amendments Act to make clear that blanket surveillance of the Internet activity and phone records of any person residing in the U.S. is prohibited by law and that violations can be reviewed in adversarial proceedings before a public court;
  • 2. Create a special committee to investigate, report, and reveal to the public the extent of
    this domestic spying. This committee should create specific recommendations for legal
    and regulatory reform to end unconstitutional surveillance;
  • 3. Hold accountable those public officials who are found to be responsible for this
    unconstitutional surveillance.
  • For more information on the prostests and to see if one is happening near you, check out Restore the Fourth’s handy database and related subreddit. You may also want to check out the resources page if you plan on putting up posters or handing out pamphlets at any of these protests.

    If you want another NSA protest movement that doesn’t require you to leave the house, check out stopwatching.us.

    [h/t: PCWorld]
    • rj11zmp

      Why protest against NSA? NSA follows the White House directive order. Why not protest against the White House?
      If NSA surveillence violate the Constitution, call the head to an open Congression hearing. Trace the crimal activity all the way up to the White House. Find violation of our Constitution? Direct the protest to the White House.
      Impeach Obama. Demand Congress initiate an impeachment hearing. Impeach Obama.

    • Jim Kopecky

      If I did what nsa did I would be charged with a crime. We only have one set of laws for all of the USA not one for old people not one for government we only have one and the law to steal my papers is stalking,theft,perjury and most of all a secret court in the USA Benjamin Franklen wrote any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and loose both. I never gave up mine the gov. gave it up for me with out a voice from me. So much for giving into terrorist if that is what their exscuse is. Im at a point that I feel I no longer feel secure and it is government terrorism that has made me feel this way The government drew blood first.

    • Jim Kopecky

      Oya I forgot I am infavor of retracting my vote for Obama and putting it towards impeachment. This is in direct violation of the oath of the inageration to become president to uphold the constitution of the USA and it was a direct violation of the 4th amendment. No law can change that without changing the name of our country and that is what is going to happen if people don’t stand up and let your voice be herd. If you don’t The USA will be renamed as a Police Run Country and that is why we all need to get the select few out of office now.