"Restore the Fourth" rallies spread across the U.S. today as demonstrators held anti-National Security Agency (NSA) signs and demanded an end to the NSA's warrantless surveillance of the American people.
The protests were sponsored by Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital rights advocacy group, internet browser Mozilla and the social media website Reddit.
Participants chanted “NSA go away!” at pro-Fourth Amendment rallies held in New York City, Washington D.C., San Francisco (pictured), San Diego and other cities, noted Fox News.
The NSA surveillance programs were exposed by whistleblower Edward Snowden, who has had to flee the U.S. in order to maintain his freedom.
The NSA released a statement on its website saying that it "does not object to any lawful, peaceful protest."
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However, none of the "Restore the Fourth" sponsors ever asked the NSA for its approval of the nationwide protests.
The NSA statement also said: "NSA and its employees work diligently and lawfully every day, around the clock, to protect the nation and its people."
The NSA failed to mention that it has been secretly spying on the American public's emails and phone calls since 2009.