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In light of Independence Day, some people are protesting what they consider an infringement on freedom. In light of Independence Day, some people are protesting what they consider an infringement on freedom.
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In light of Independence Day, some people are protesting what they consider an infringement on freedom.

A group in Iowa City protested the government's use of wiretapping and surveillance Thursday.

The "Restore the Fourth" movement is meant to draw attention to the recent issues regarding surveillance by the National Security Agency.

Protesters say they want their Fourth Amendment rights restored.

The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guards against unreasonable searches and seizures and requires warrants for such searches to be judiciously sanctioned and supported by probable cause.

"To not have the government keep track of people's phone calls and their communications in any way unless they are suspected of doing some type of crime," said Matt Kearney of Iowa City. "It's a key cornerstone of democracy and it's being violated, and we have to act up now."

The movement is partially in response to Edward Snowden, who leaked news that the NSA is keeping tabs on citizens. Snowden has left the country and is being sought by the United States government.

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