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Restore the Fourth Campaign Organizes Protests Against Unconstitutional Surveillance

Thursday, July 04, 2013
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
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UN Plaza Civic Center
Market St at 7th

What are you doing on July 4th at 11:00 A.M.?
How about going to UN Plaza at Civic Center for this:

Electronic Frontier Foundation
Defending your rights in the digital world

Restore the Fourth Campaign Organizes Protests Against
Unconstitutional Surveillance

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers,
and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be
violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause,
supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the
place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

- Fourth Amendment, US Constitution

This Fourth of July, groups of concerned individuals will be taking to
the streets in dozens of cities across the United States in support of
the Fourth Amendment. According to the official website, Restore the
Fourth aims to end all forms of unconstitutional surveillance of
digital communications by the United States government. The campaign
calls particular attention to PRISM, a recently-revealed project of
the National Security Agency that allows the government broad access
to the Internet traffic and other electronic communications of many
users – including many Americans. The Restore the Fourth movement has
an active reddit community that is working cooperatively to organize
protests across the country.

There are many ways to protest unconstitutional surveillance –
including signing onto the Stop Watching Us site and calling your
elected officials – but physical protests can be particularly
effective at demonstrating public outrage. We’re glad to see the
Restore the Fourth movement organizing protests across the country
against unlawful NSA spying, and we hope these protests push elected
officials to respond to the American people’s growing discontent with
dragnet domestic surveillance.

On the officials website, the Restore the Fourth movement asserts that
the National Security Agency’s dragnet surveillance is an affront to
the public – even if individuals have nothing in particular to hide.
It notes that, "Privacy is not an admission of guilt...The average
person expects privacy in many situations, including but not limited
to using the bathroom, writing a diary, or going on a date with a
spouse. A reasonable expectation of privacy exists in such situations
because the events occurring are personal, intimate, and not the
business of any other party, government or otherwise." The site also
questions whether programs such as PRISM are effective or even useful
in stopping terrorist attacks, noting, "there is little to no evidence
of any terrorist attacks that have directly been foiled as a result of

The campaign is a non-partisan, grassroots movement not directly
affiliated with any nonprofit. However, the campaign has committed to
standing with EFF and the rest of the Stop Watching Us coalition in
demanding transparency and meaningful reform to domestic surveillance

EFF is sending a representative to the San Francisco protest; please
stop by Civic Center at 11 AM on July 4th to pick up EFF stickers,
hear us talk about the issues with dragnet surveillance, and show your
opposition to the NSA’s unconstitutional spying program.

Check out the list of planned protests. The site also lists several
locations where rallies have not yet been organized. If there is no
event planned for your own city, you can set one up and tell the
Restore the Fourth organizers. And if you are planning a protest,
check out the Bill of Rights Defense Committee's guide to protesting
NSA surveillance.

Numerous websites (including EFF) are planning to show solidarity for
this grassroots movement by displaying the Fourth Amendment on our
homepage on July 4th. We’ll have an embeddable graphic available soon;
check back in the next couple days.

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