Occupy Chattanooga Has "March Against NSA Spying" July 4

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

As part of a national movement to draw attention to the National Security Agency's spying on private American citizens, Occupy Chattanooga will "March Against NSA Spying" on Thursday. 

The protest will begin at 6 p.m. at Miller Park. Participants will be meeting on the sidewalk closest to the federal courthouse for a short rally before marching. Those participating are encouraged to bring protest signs and a water bottle.  

Marchers in Chattanooga and around the country will take to the streets to stand in solidarity with Edward Snowden and other whistleblowers, as well as to demand an end to the government's illegal spying on American citizens, officials said. 

Occupy Chattanooga's march is taking place as marches occur in cities around the country as part of the Restore the Fourth movement. Restore the Fourth is a grassroots, non-partisan, non-violent movement that seeks to organize and assemble nationwide protests on July 4. Protesters in more than 100 cities across the U.S. will gather to demand that the government of the United States adhere to its constitutionally dictated limits and respect the Fourth Amendment, officials said.  

Demands of the Restore the Fourth movement are: 

1. Enact reform this Congress to Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act, the state secrets privilege, and the FISA Amendments Act to make clear that blanket surveillance of Internet activity and phone records of any person residing in the U.S. is prohibited by law and that violations can be reviewed in adversarial proceedings before a public court.  

2. Create a special committee to investigate, report, and reveal to the public the extent of this domestic spying. This committee should create specific recommendations for legal and regulatory reform to end unconstitutional surveillance; 

3. Hold accountable those public officials who are found to be responsible for this unconstitutional surveillance. 


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