Local Protesters Join "Restore the Fourth" Protest

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Seattle —

On this July Fourth holiday, local protesters joined nationwide protests against government intrusions on privacy.


The movement is called "Restore the Fourth" in support of the Fourth Amendment to 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," according to the Fourth Amendment.


This is backlash from the news that the National Security Agency is collecting vast amounts of electronic information in an effort to prevent terrorist attacks.

 

"They're violating the public trust," said Shelia, who organized a handful of Restore the Fourth protesters in Redmond. Shelia declined to give her last name, or even to remove her sunglasses for fear she could be identified using face recognition software. "That's our freedom to have safety and privacy," she said, "and really be un-fearful of government prying into things that are quite private."

 

Local Respect the Fourth organizers are planning a larger demonstration for this Saturday at noon. It will be at Seattle's Westlake Park.