Restore the Fourth

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Restore the Fourth
Restore the Fourth Logo.png
Abbreviation RT4, RTF
Formation June 8, 2013, United States
Purpose/focus Enforcement of Fourth Amendment rights, including but not limited to dragnet Internet surveillance
Website Official website

Restore the Fourth is an American organization that seeks to strengthen the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution and end any programs that violate it.[1][2] Its activities have included the organization of public protests on July 4, 2014 and August 4, 2014.


Restore the Fourth NYC

Restore the Fourth originated on the social media website reddit a few days prior to the information leak by Edward Snowden, which detailed the US National Security Agency's (NSA) mass surveillance programs, most notably PRISM.[3] A subforum (known on reddit as a subreddit) dedicated to the movement was created, garnering over 15,000 subscribers in 2 weeks.[4] From there, Restore the Fourth moved to Snoonet, an IRC network for reddit communities. Most organization prior to July 4, 2013 occurred there, where local organizers, national organizers, and users from the subreddit collaborated.

The first Restore the Fourth protest occurred on June 30, 2013, in Madison, Wisconsin, and subsequent Independence Day protests occurred on July 4 with more than 70 local rallies across all 50 U.S. states and Washington, D.C.[5] [6][7][8][9][10][11] On July 4, many protests hosted hundreds of attendees, and as many as 500 protesters attended the rallies in Washington, D.C. and 950 in New York City.[12] In Munich, Germany, protesters gathered in front of the U.S. Consulate wearing Edward Snowden masks.[13] Organizers estimated a national turnout of more than 10,000.[12]

A second round of rallies were held on August 4 as 1984 Day[14]—a date chosen in reference to George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, corresponding to the American date style 8/4.[15]

Canoes on Bayou St. John, New Orleans, join in Restore the Fourth protests

Stated Goals[edit]

According to the organization's press release,[16] Restore the Fourth seeks to:

"Enact reform in 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 the 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;
"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;"
"Hold accountable public officials who are found to be responsible for unconstitutional surveillance."


Restore the Fourth has received support from the Electronic Frontier Foundation[17] and Sen. Rand Paul.[18]

The NSA addressed the July 4 protest in a statement, saying: "The Fourth of July reminds us as Americans of the freedoms and rights all citizens of our country are guaranteed by our Constitution. Among those is freedom of speech, often exercised in protests of various kinds. NSA does not object to any lawful, peaceful protest."[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions". Restore the Fourth. Retrieved 2013-07-05. 
  2. ^ "Restore The Fourth: Group Organizes Nationwide Anti-NSA Spying Protests On July 4". Huffington Post. 2013-06-28. 
  3. ^ Wikinews interviews a Restore the Fourth organizer
  4. ^ "Restore The Fourth Amendment - Secure Your Privacy". Reddit. Retrieved 2013-07-05. 
  5. ^ Restore the Fourth Protests
  6. ^ "NSA surveillance: protesters stage Restore the Fourth rallies across US". The Guardian. 2013-07-05. 
  7. ^ "Crowds across America protest NSA in 'Restore the Fourth' movement". Fox News. 2013-07-04. 
  8. ^ "Protests against the NSA spring up across U.S.". CNN. 2013-07-04. 
  9. ^ "Fourth of July Anti-NSA-Snooping Rallies Coming to a City Near You". Time magazine. 2013-07-03. 
  10. ^ "Internet sites join July 4 protest against surveillance". Reuters. 2013-07-04. 
  11. ^ "Protests against secret NSA tactics to light up Web July 4". Los Angeles Times. 2013-07-04. 
  12. ^ a b c "Independence Day, NSA leaks inspire 'Fourth Amendment' rallies". NBC News. 2013-07-04. 
  13. ^ "Protests against the NSA spring up across U.S.". CNN. 2013-07-04. 
  14. ^ Roberts, Dan (August 4, 2013). "Activists stage second national day of protest against NSA's domestic spying". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. 
  15. ^ Collier, Kevin (August 2, 2013). "Activists to protest on 1984 Day in 20 U.S. cities". The Daily Dot. 
  16. ^ "Restore The Fourth To Hold Protests On July 4th For Fourth Amendment Rights". Restore The Forth. 2013-06-18. 
  17. ^ "Restore the Fourth Campaign Organizes Protests Against Unconstitutional Surveillance". Electronic Frontier Foundation. 2013-07-01. 
  18. ^ Greenstein, Nicole (July 3, 2013). "Fourth of July Anti-NSA-Snooping Rallies Coming to a City Near You". Time. 

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