In Tampa dozens march to restore the 4th Amendment on Independence Day

07/08/13 Seán Kinane
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On the Fourth of July dozens of protesters marched through downtown Tampa in support of the U.S. Constitution's Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable searches and seizures.

These Restore the Fourth demonstrators are upset about ongoing spying on Americans by U.S. agencies.

Many programs have been revealed recently by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

We hear from protesters Adam Hopkins, Nathan Seay, Alexandria Trsek, Steve Kinney and "John."

Check out more photos of the event here.

John, Tampa: "I'm out here today to basically say no the invasive surveillance that's been going on. Personally, I've known it's been going on for years. You heard about this stuff back in the 90's.You heard about keyword searches for phones, looking for things like ‘kill the president’ or ‘bombs’ or something like that. I think the bad guys – the people they are supposed to be protecting us against – have certainly been aware of this stuff. You look at Bin Laden and he was hiding in a hole, cut off from the world: no phone lines, no email no nothing. So they’re aware of it. I found it surprising that more people were surprised by Snowden’s revelations. In August of last year there was big news about the warehouse they were building out in Nevada and they told us that’s where they were storing all the emails. This stuff hasn’t been that secret, I don’t think. I think more people are becoming aware of it because of Snowden, though. I’m actually one of the ones who see some benefit to the program. I certainly see the intent of the things they are trying to do, I just think it’s in the wrong hands in the way it’s being used on the American people. These types of surveillance have been used on people in the Occupy movement, you know on Facebook and all that, so my concern is it’s being turned on the American people. When you have protesters being labeled as domestic terrorists, combined with the NDAA and then combined with the surveillance, it’s a pretty scary thing out there.”

Adam Hopkins, Tampa: “I’m protesting the Patriot Act and how our government is breaking the fourth amendment by constantly infringing on our constitutional rights. They’re breaking the fourth amendment by spying, collecting meta data and the post office copying our mail. They are infringing on the freedom of the press and listening in to the press. It’s non-stop, every day. We can stop this by using our constitutional rights to come out here and protest and gather and spread the word, trying to wake other people up.”

Steve Kinney, Tampa: “I think it’s important for people to turn out and let their fellow people around them know that they are not alone in these surveillance and civil rights issues that have gotten so big in the news so suddenly. I’ve been following the subject for well over a decade now and it’s amazing how much the press has ignored it, until recently. To me, the most important thing is universal surveillance and data retention. Right now in Utah, the NSA is building a $2 billion facility, a giant data warehouse. Once that’s complete, they’ll never have to throw another piece of information away. By the time it starts to fill, they’ll build another one. That means the traffic cameras, everything that travels over the internet, all telephone signals and so forth will be stored forever. It’s now technically feasible to do that and that gives you a surveillance time machine where you can actually follow people backwards in time, if need be. To me, that seems a bit excessive versus collecting information about people who are criminal suspects when you have a warrant.”

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