Thursday, July 4, 2013

The Fourth, On The Fourth


There is a coordinated protest going on today, July 4th, across a lot of major sites on the Internet, as organized by the Internet Defense League, an organization I'd have a banner set up for here if not for the fact that I am spectacularly incompetent at coding so that link will have to do. They are working with another group, Restore The Fourth, to protest the NSA spying program, PRISM, as implemented by Bush 43 in 2007 and leaked by Edward Snowden about a month ago. (Snowden, for his part, is at last guess still in an airport in Moscow seeking a nation that will take him in asylum. He's having a rough go of it, rough enough that a plane carrying Bolivian president Evo Morales from Moscow was forced to land in Austria on suspicions that the plane might have Snowden on it. Morales is pissed.)

As part of the protest- as well as a number of rallies you'll be seeing throughout the day in various US cities- participating websites will be reposting the text of the Fourth Amendment (hence the name Restore The Fourth). So as to do my bit, here it is.

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.

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