Many high-profile websites have used US Independence Day to take part in an online protest against the NSA's surveillance of internet use, including email and web browsing history.
Organisations such as Mozilla, WordPress and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), as well as websites such as 4chan, Reddit and the Cheezburger network will be prominently featuring Fourth Amendment imagery throughout their pages. The US's Fourth Amendment protects against "unreasonable searches and seizures".
The protest, which has been organised by the Internet Defense League, will include pop-up banners promoting the Fourth Amendment as well as blog posts from many of the sites involved.
The banners will redirect visitors to pages that encourage them to write to congress, add their own banners and make donations to the campaign. Related movement StopWatching.Us has collected over 500,000 signatures demanding that US Congress to find and reveal the full extent of the PRISM operation.
Mark Rumold, a staff attorney at the EFF said that action needs to be taken as soon as possible. "Now is the time for Congress to act. We don't need a narrow fix to one part of the Patriot Act; we need a full public accounting of how the US is turning sophisticated spying technology on its own citizens, we need accountability from public officials, and we need an overhaul of the laws to ensure these abuses can never happen again," he said.
Edward Snowden, the NSA contractor who blew the whistle on the PRISM campaign, is currently seeking asylum in several countries, but is believed to be trapped airside at a Russian airport.
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