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Federal Government Thu Feb 13 2014
Restore the Fourth - Chicago, a non-partisan political group concerned with restoring fourth amendment rights, hosted a march and dinner yesterday to keep the National Security Agency in check and fight back against mass surveillance.
The rally on a day dubbed "The Day We Fight Back" began with a rally at Daley Plaza and culminated with a dinner at Timothy O'Toole's Pub. About 50 people attended the rally.
"We demand that our government respect our constitutional rights, instead of using them to wipe its feet on before walking right in," said John Bumstead, organizer of the event.
Bumstead said that knocking down digital doors represents exactly the same violation as unauthorized home searches, and deserves exactly the same constitutional protection, yet it is painfully obvious that our government is completely oblivious to this fact
Attendees held up their signs and chanted as they made their way through Loop streets. Despite the weather, the reaction from the attendees and onlookers was universally positive, said Bumstead. Many onlookers joined in on the rally for short periods, and echoed the chants.
"My favorite of our chants is, 'What do we want? Privacy. Why do we want it? None of your business!'" said Bumstead.
Restore the Fourth - Chicago hosts weekly meetings on Tuesdays at CivicLab. For more information on how to get involved, visit the group's website.