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WICHITA, Kansas – Around a dozen protestors at Wichita’s Veteran’s Memorial Park joined thousands nationwide marking the Fourth of July with “Restore the Fourth” rallies and marches.
“Restore the Fourth” was started less than a month ago on the internet in response to reports about leaked information concerning the NSA’s spy program that collected information about the phone calls and emails of millions of Americans.
It calls for enforcement of the 4th Amendment which guarantees Americans can not be searched without probable cause.
“What’s more patriotic than standing up for what’s right in your country and standing up for what your country was based on?” asked Sam McCrory, one of the protestors gathered at the park.
Millions are outraged over the NSA program that collects data about phone calls and emails looking for patterns that could stop terrorist acts.
“You never know what that information is going to be used for,” said Erik Hellmer at the rally.
Protestors want the Patriot Act reformed.
U.S. Senator Jerry Moran, in Wichita for an Independence Day event with local veterans, praised the protests.
“I share genuine concern about what this ever encroaching government is doing,” Moran told KSN.
Moran says he wants more details about the scope of the NSA’s program but welcomes the debate over how much power to invade privacy police should have when it comes to combating terrorism.
“As usual, it’s about finding the right balance but clearly the expectation of privacy is one every American should enjoy and I appreciate the folks who are making that fact today,” said Moran.
Restore the Fourth rallies were held in more than 100 cities including San Francisco, Dallas, and New York.