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Protestors say government violating constitution with surveillance programs

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Protestors will spend the Fourth of July fighting for Fourth Amendment rights. They said the U.S. government is violating the constitution with current surveillance programs.

The Fourth Amendment protects U.S. citizens from unlawful searches and seizures, and the Restore the Fourth protest hopes to educate the public about what they are calling unjust surveillance tactics by the National Security Agency.

U.S. surveillance programs are under scrutiny, after a former national security agency member leaked documents to the media. One group is not only asking for a pardon for Edward Snowden, they are also demanding change when it comes to surveillance programs.

"What the government is doing at the moment is not legal by the Constitution," said Kat Amundson, the Restore the Fourth local organizer.

She said right now U.S. citizens' cell phone, and e-mail records aren't safe from what she calls spying.

"This is a pivotal moment in our history, and we should be fighting for change here," Amundson said.

She said the government began violating the constitution in October 2001 when President George W. Bush signed the USA Patriot Act, which was overwhelmingly passed by members of Congress.

"We have evidence that this spying, to put it in not nice terms, has happened since then. That means the government has had tracks of all of our e-mails, phone calls and texts for years. I think that is very scary for most people," Amundson said.

Restore the Fourth protestors are calling for reform that will prohibit the USA Patriot Act from allowing blanket surveillance of the internet, and phone activity of anyone living in the U.S.

"We feel that he (President Barack Obama) has blatantly gone against not only what he claimed to run for during his election, but also his duties as a president," Amundson said.

In response to the NSA controversy, Obama told CBS News, "If you're a U.S. person, then NSA is not listening to your phone calls, and it's not targeting your e-mails, unless it's getting an individualized court order."

Obama said any data tracking is governed by comprehensive oversight spanning all three branches of U.S. government.

The Restore the Fourth protest goes from noon until 10 p.m. Thursday at the City Market Park in the River Market area. They will be meeting near Third and Main streets.

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