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NSA spying protests to take place on Fourth of July

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Restore the Fourth, a grassroots movement aimed at — you guessed it — standing up for the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, will be holding rallies across the country on the Fourth of July. The aim of the rallies is to condemn the National Security Agency for spying on American citizens by collecting phone records and other metadata under the guise of national security.

Restore the Fourth, whose motto is "Secure your privacy," has a convenient map of all the protests on its website, allowing you to easily find one near you. In Washington, for example, there will be a rally at McPherson Square.

The group claims to be non-partisan and refuses to disclose who is behind it on any platform. They claim to not be affiliated with the Tea Party or Occupy Wall Street, but they have posted to occupywallst.org to invite them to their Fourth of July protests, saying, "Although Restore the Fourth is not formally affiliated with Occupy Wall Street, we encourage occupiers to attend in order to share the lesson we've learned and show our comrades the practices which have been most successful."

Similarly, an ad for the rallies has been placed on a Texas Tea Party site, emphasizing the fact that this movement really does cover all spectrums of the political landscape.

And on Monday, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., released a video on Reddit praising the rallies. "Thanks for rallying to protect the Bill of Rights," he said. "You have arrangements and agreements for privacy, and those arrangements and contracts ought to be defended. The Fourth Amendment ought to be defended."

In early June, Paul introduced a bill, the "Fourth Amendment Restoration Act of 2013," to prohibit the government from the kind of metadata collection that has occurred from the National Security Agency.

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