Fourth of July Rallies Protest NSA Surveillance

Aliya Sternstein | Nextgov | July 5, 2013

In marking Indpendence Day, protesters nationwide called for outlawing National Security Agency domestic spying. In response, NSA officials released a statement endorsing demonstrators’ constitutional right to free speech. Officials made no mention of the constitutional right to freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures.

The self-described non-partisan, non-violent "Restore the Fourth" movement was formed on Reddit in June, shortly after reports revealed NSA gathers millions of Americans' phone logs and possibly Internet communications. Organizers took to Twitter and Facebook to assemble crowds at venues in roughly 100 locations, including Washington's McPherson Square, Philadelphia's Washington Square Park and New York City's Union Square.

The NSA statement read: "The Fourth of July reminds us as Americans of the freedoms and rights all citizens of our country are guaranteed by our Constitution. [...]."


Christianity Today Article on Snowden & Clapper

An interesting article in Christianity Today about the NSA scandal that is worth reading and thinking about. See

As the article states, "it's hard to miss the irony that Snowden, the truth-teller, is America's most wanted, while the liar, Clapper, goes about his business without fear of prosecution. As countless parents teach their children the importance of honesty, the government hunts down the truth-teller and effectively rewards the liar."