Independence Day ‘Restore the Fourth’ protests mask underlying political apathy

by Metro UK  |  published on July 4, 2013

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The Fourth of July signals America’s Independence Day. It’s a day that celebrates the birth of a nation that shrugged off Britain’s colonial shackles in 1776.

It was the day the founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence, a document that is revered by Americans for its forthright rejection of British rule and its embrace of the virtues of ‘Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness’.

The US Constitution followed in 1787, setting in law the principles of government and The Bill of Rights followed in 1789, the Fourth Amendment of which guards against ‘unreasonable searches and seizures’, which is in effect a guarantee of the right to privacy.

It is these rights that Edward Snowden set out to protect when he blew the whistle on PRISM, the NSA surveillance program that was set up in 2007.

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