Above: Thomas Drake, “Restore the Fourth” rally, Washington, D.C.
Americans turned out on July 4 in 100 cities to protest the massive NSA surveillance revealed by Edward Snowden and other former NSA employees. The rallies were held in conjunction with a campaign called Restore the Fourth, a reference to the Fourth Amendment and its protections against government search and seizure. “Spawned on Reddit” last month, the campaign is “supported by Mozilla, the Freedom of the Press Foundation, and other US and international press freedom organizations.”
After a government contractor exposed startling details about domestic surveillance by the National Security Agency, much of the public discussion centered about the whistleblower, Edward Snowden. In response, the Project on Government Oversight issued a public statement calling upon the nation to focus great focus instead on “the important issues [Snowden] has exposed—a broken system for whistleblowers and how secrecy is undermining our constitutional democracy.” With POGO’s permission, the statement by Executive Director Danielle Brian is provided in full below.