As people gather around the country for Restore the Fourth protests against the U.S. government’s massive communications dragnet, they’re talking to each other and sharing links. One good way to find out what’s going on with Restore the Fourth is to read what others find compelling. Over the last 24 hours, the following are the ten most-shared links shared over the #restorethefourth hashtag channel on Twitter:
Restore the Fourth is a non-partisan, non-violent protest gathering nationwide on July 4th to raise awareness about unconstitutional surveillance methods that are currently being employed by the U.S. Government. What started out as a grassroots movement 24 days ago on Reddit, has turned into a full-blown demand by Reddit and the rest of the community of individuals, businesses, and organizations in the Stop Watching Us coalition. What they are hoping to achieve is an increase in transparency and push potential reform over how domestic surveillance programs are truly operated.
Many folks have forgotten these days, but according to the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution:
“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.”
So on July 4th, you can join the thousands of people in over 50 cities across the United States who plan to protest the surveillance methods employed by the U.S. government!
Restore the Fourth maintains that justification of the Fourth Amendment beyond the original text need not be given; the legitimacy of which is self-evident. “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.” The Fourth Amendment of the Bill of Rights clearly protects all citizens’ assets, both digital and physical, against searches and seizures without warrant; they aim to assert those rights. They insist that the proper channels of government work to ensure that all policy complies with the supreme laws of the United States of America in their entirety.
The 1st Amendment is our permit to march. The only rights we have are the ones we fight to keep. All are welcome.
Dear Members of Congress,
We write to express our concern about recent reports published in the Guardian and the Washington Post, and acknowledged by the Obama Administration, which reveal secret spying by the National Security Agency (NSA) on phone records and Internet activity of people in the United States.
The Washington Post and the Guardian recently published reports based on information provided by an intelligence contractor showing how the NSA and the FBI are gaining broad access to data collected by nine of the leading U.S. Internet companies and sharing this information with foreign governments. As reported, the U.S. government is extracting audio, video, photographs, e-mails, documents, and connection logs that enable analysts to track a person’s movements and contacts over time. As a result, the contents of communications of people both abroad and in the U.S. can be swept in without any suspicion of crime or association with a terrorist organization.
Leaked reports also published by the Guardian and confirmed by the Administration reveal that the NSA is also abusing a controversial section of the PATRIOT Act to collect the call records of millions of Verizon customers. The data collected by the NSA includes every call made, the time of the call, the duration of the call, and other “identifying information” for millions of Verizon customers, including entirely domestic calls, regardless of whether those customers have ever been suspected of a crime. The Wall Street Journal has reported that other major carriers, including AT&T and Sprint, are subject to similar secret orders.
This July 4, there will be protests in dozens of cities standing in support of the Fourth Amendment and against unconstitutional NSA spying. The Bill of Rights Defense Committee is proud to support the Restore the Fourth movement, and played an especially active role in building a coalition to support the rally in McPherson Square in Washington, DC.
If you haven’t already, find a Restore the Fourth rally in your area.
On July 4th 2013, all Anons are called to stand in front of public gatherings and centers of commerce and hand out copies of the U.S. Constitution.
For this Independence Day as part of the Restore the Fourth Movement, I am going to a protest in San Francisco. I am going to protest tomorrow because something is fundamentally wrong with the political system in our country right now. I am sure you have felt it too, no matter what political “side” you are on. If you know me, you already of know my stances on abortion, marriage, immigration, and more; but these are all beside the point for tomorrow’s protest.
I do not know, but I do believe, that if our constitution is upheld and if our government is held accountable to it’s people, then these issues we all care so much about will eventually be resolved. I believe that to be true. What I do not know – and what scares me most – is whether or not our country is actually a functioning democracy at all. Given our actions post 9/11, I don’t know if we can really call ourselves free members of a democracy any longer.
Whether or not you believe Snowden is a criminal, the importance of what has been uncovered cannot be ignored. The US government has decided to change how it treats its citizens and is now ignoring the First and Fourth Amendments of our Constitution. This is all legal because they have invented new secret laws with zero accountability to the public or much of the government, new laws which have washed away our rights we had deemed necessary for a functioning democracy.
Rallies will take place all over the U.S. in cities both big and small. And in addition to Mozilla, the campaign has drawn support from WordPress, 4chan, Fark, and Cheezburger.com, along with certain celebrities.
“How long do we expect rational people to accept using terrorism to justify and excuse endless executive and state power?,” actor John Cusack said during a press conference announcing the protests, according to PCWorld. “Why are so many in our government, our press, our intellectual class afraid of an informed public?”