The Internet Defense League including Reddit and Mozilla and several other civil liberties groups have decided to hold peaceful, non-partisan protests on July 4th in light of the recent exposé of National Security Agency secret domestic and global spying programs.
The rally named ‘Restore The Fourth’ aims towards the restoration of the 4th amendment which states:
“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 famous microblogging website Reddit has posted an open invitation for all those who think that the secret so-called surveillance programs go against fundamental human rights.
“On July 4th, join the thousands of people in over 50 cities across the United States who will protest the surveillance methods employed by the U.S. government,” cites Reddit blog.
Soon after Edward Snowden, the whistleblower who leaked top secret NSA documents, revealed the global and domestic “snooping” program, Reddit and other social and internet organizations submitted an open letter to U.S. lawmakers calling for the creation of a congressional committee to try those who were/are involved in warrantless surveillance and hold them accountable.
According to the blogpost, similar protests are also being organized in the UK and Canada.
Reddit also mentioned that the spying program is not only against privacy rights, it is also harmful for internet businesses like the microblogging site itself. “The potential that a business can be legally and secretly compelled to violate the privacy of both foreign and domestic users casts a pall over any U.S.-based site. In turn, this threatens to place U.S.-based internet companies, one of the most dynamic and booming sectors of our economy, at a global disadvantage,” Reddit says.
So is the initiative appropriate? Do you plan to join the rally to save and restore the 4th amendment? Do tell us in the comments section.