Restore The Fourth Is Your July Fourth Protest Against The NSA


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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.

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    [h/t: PCWorld]