The tide has turned against the National Security Agency’s unconstitutional phone and Internet monitoring.
(PRWEB) August 02, 2013
Restore the Fourth declares Sunday, 8/4 "1984 Day" and plans events across the country challenging unconstitutional NSA surveillance. Restore the Fourth chapters in San Francisco, New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Washington, St. Louis, Raleigh, Austin, and other cities will hold marches, rallies, and even a picnic to draw attention to the NSA’s unconstitutional surveillance programs.
"The tide has turned against the National Security Agency’s unconstitutional phone and Internet monitoring," says Ben Doernberg from Restore the Fourth NYC. "The front page of Monday’s New York Times stated that opposition to the NSA’s activities has 'momentum that even critics say may be unstoppable,' and on Sunday, We the People will build on that momentum."
Restore the Fourth San Francisco’s rally targets House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi for her efforts to pressure Democrats to oppose the Amash Amendment. The measure to defund the NSA’s collection of Americans’ call records fell short by only 12 votes, 205-217. Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg will speak in San Francisco, while speakers from the ACLU of Massachusetts, Digital Fourth, and other organizations will speak at a "BRICnic" at the Boston Regional Intelligence Center (BRIC).
"1984 is a warning, not an instruction manual," says Andrea O'Neill of Restore the Fourth DC. “As we find out about more unconstitutional programs every week, it is clear that the NSA’s domestic spying has gone too far and must be stopped before it’s too late.”
The official website, 1984Day.com, hosts a list of participating cities, and Restore the Fourth expects more locations to join the effort by Sunday. Participants use the hashtag #1984Day on Facebook and Twitter.
About Restore the Fourth:
Restore the Fourth is a grassroots, non-partisan movement that emerged in June after evidence of the government’s collection of Americans’ phone calls and Internet activity was disclosed by Edward Snowden. Restore the Fourth demands an end to the NSA’s unconstitutional bulk surveillance programs, clear laws making warrantless surveillance of Americans illegal, and accountability for officials who misled the public and Congress.