A sign stands outside the National Security Administration (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. The Obama administration has defended the National Security Agency's need to collect telephone records of U.S. citizens, calling such information "a critical tool in protecting the nation from terrorist threats."
More than 100 people gathered in downtown Philadelphia on the Fourth of July to protest NSA surveillance, saying the recently-publicized PRISM program violates their Fourth Amendment rights.
A 79-year-old rabbi and a 28-year-old graphic designer were among the local organizers of the new group, Restore the Fourth, which planned nationwide protests to take place on the holiday.
Rabbi Arthur Waskow of the Shalom Center says a story from the Torah that describes the Israelites building tents for privacy inspired him to join the group.
Graphic designer Larry West, who sported all-black clothing and a Mohawk haircut, says he promoted the event through Reddit and Facebook.
The group marched one mile, from Washington Square Park to the Municipal Services Building near City Hall, chanting “NSA--go away.”
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