This year’s NSA spying leaks sparked discussion and outrage across the internet, where many users – often surfing with an expectation of privacy – felt their rights were violated by the domestic and international monitoring.
One of the most successful movements to spring from the web community was the ‘Restore the Fourth‘ movement. The organization, popularized on Reddit before gaining followers on a number of other internet community platforms, made it a goal to restore the sanctity of the fourth amendment: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated…”
The group organized dozens of protests that took place on Independence Day, in cities across the country, the most successful of which took place in Washington D.C., New York City, Boston, and San Francisco. The rallies garnered attention from national press, including NBC News, and as well, the movement got a shout-out from a sympathetic senator: Mr. Rand Paul from Kentucky.
In a video recording Paul tells the ‘Restore the Fourth’ movement (and other pro-privacy groups) that he is “supportive of their efforts to challenge this.”
He says there should be “an expanded expectation of privacy” on the internet, and that third-party records – such as with banks, phone service providers, or internet service providers – are an arrangement between an individual and a company, “and those private arrangements should be defended.”
“Probably every cell phone user in the country’s records is being collected on a daily basis,” he says at one point. “I think this is a tragedy. I think it’s inconsistent with both the letter and the spirit of the fourth amendment.”
The top comment on Reddit for this video? Courtesy of user Ilfautque:
“[O]n a scale of 1 to 10, I like this guy an 11. And I don’t even like a lot of his other stances…He’ll get my vote in 2016.”
That’s the kind of excitement a candidate can create when he or she stands up for peoples’ rights.
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