from the restore-the-4th dept
Given all of the revelations about government surveillance over the past few weeks, there’s been a rapid grassroots effort to “Restore the Fourth” — telling the federal government to “restore the 4th Amendment” on July 4th, Independence Day here in the US. There are going to be protests and gatherings around the country, so see if you can find the one closest to you and stop by. Also, if you have not already done so, please sign on to the Stop Watching Us petition, which has over 500,000 signatures already, and that number keeps going up and up. If you’re interested, the EFF also has some additional info about various things that you can do.
On the Fourth of July, we’re supposed to remember the freedoms we’ve always believed this country stood for. We normally do this by doing things like watching fireworks. Perhaps this July 4th, it would be wise to think about all that the government has been doing to stamp out the 4th Amendment with things like secret courts, secret interpretations of the law, and vast dragnets of information gathering on the public by a duplicitous federal government, who still refuses to give a straight story on what it’s doing, and under what legal authority. It’s time that stopped, and the only way that’s going to happen is if people speak up and let the government know that they believe in the 4th Amendment, and what’s being done by the NSA, the DOJ, the FBI and the intelligence-industrial complex has gone way beyond what is acceptable, and the American people demand that it comes to an immediate end.