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Protesters Look To 'Restore The Fourth'


LANSING, Mich. (WLNS)- This holiday, some Americans can't help but remember that the government is watching them.  

Today, a grassroots movement called "restore the fourth" took to the streets this fourth of July to protest against the government surveillance programs exposed by former NSA worker Edward Snowden.

"We are looking for the 4th amendment to be respected again by the U.S. government," said Chris Czochara, protester.

The amendment protects against unreasonable search and seizures. About a dozen people showed up at the Lansing parade today passing out flyers to let the public know about the surveillance activities and how the constitution protects them.

"We're not comfortable with the government looking at our phone calls, emails and other electronic information," said Czochara.

Michigan Congressman Mike Rogers chairs the House Intelligence Committee and believes in those surveillance programs. He thinks "restore the fourth" stems from a misunderstanding.

"I appreciate their passion, I think its a little misguided on this," said Rogers. It is a legal program, its a constitution, protects privacy.  And I think the more people that understand the details of the program the more they end up being supportive."

While Rogers feels that Snowden should be pursued with every legal avenue the U.S. has, some privacy advocates think he is a hero. And they say it's because of him that they hope to bring and end to what they say is 12 years of fourth amendment abuse.

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