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Exclusive: Utah activists Adopt-a-Highway to engage in anti-NSA civil disobedience (audio)

Political activist group Restore the Fourth has successfully adopted the highway near the Utah NSA data center.  This offers the group a variety of opportunities, from having its name on signs surrounding the center, and to holding picket signs while cleaning the highway.  In the current government-versus-people environment this move by Restore the Fourth has been successful in expressing their ire for government intrusions on privacy and its blatant disregard for the Fourth Amendment.

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Over the course of the past few months, more and more tyrannical actions by the federal government have been revealed.  First it was IRS targeting and data leaks.  Then it was the AP phone scandal and NSA surveillance.  Drones have been a consistent issue.  Most recently, it’s been vindictive actions during the government shutdown.

This has raised the question of how citizens can oppose the government.  Protests are a start, like the protests on Washington D.C. over the weekend.  Lawsuits and political campaigns are necessary, but their outcomes are ultimately controlled by the government in many ways.  The new media has been vital in spreading information, but it needs to be coupled with an effective course of action.

It is becoming necessary to oppose – in a nonviolent manner – the government’s increasingly blatant violations of American rights and freedoms, but harder than doing the actions is simply coming up an effective strategy.  Restore the Fourth has put a good idea into action.

According to their Facebook page, the organization – which describes itself as a non-partisan, non-violent, nationwide advocacy and protest movement demanding an end to the unconstitutional surveillance employed by the US government – successfully applied this month to take over maintenance of the the highway around the Utah Data Center via the Adopt-a-Highway program.

At the most basic level, this will put the group’s name on signs leading to the center.  Members will also be able to picket and protest while cleaning the road.  On the more effective level, this gives the group 24 hour access to the highway, meaning it will be able to quickly see basic changes in what is going on there and learn some more about the organization and the people who work there.

It may not be much but it is a significant step in the right direction.  Simply making work for the government more uncomfortable or unpleasant can have a major effect on the country as a whole.  Ultimately, stronger and more direct forms of civil disobedience can be adopted, such as the idea of destroying drones which some towns are already contemplating.

At this point in history, citizens feel that it is necessary to oppose the government on a practical level, such as civil disobedience.  Restore the Fourth’s adoption of a highway goes a step beyond a normal protest and allows 24 hour access to the already-problem-ridden Data Center.  Activists feel that if similar actions became widespread, and were taken against all government impositions on the local, state and federal levels, the political landscape of the US would change dramatically.

Joshua Cook from Benswann.com spoke with Restore the Fourth’s Utah representative Lorina Potter to ask her a few questions about the grassroots organization. Listen below.

Truckers Shutting Down DC To Protest The Federal Government And Its “Bulls**t”

A group of truckers plans to shut down DC to protest the government and its “bulls**t.” The rally, happening on October 11 for three days, will question the Obama administration’s “corruption against the Constitution.”

The truckers were initially gathering attention using social media, primarily Facebook.

But now the group’s Facebook page, “Truckers to Shut Down America,” has been pulled off the web. The page’s admins were banned for using “God Bless America.”

The group’s Facebook page used to say, “The American people are sick and tired of the corruption that is destroying America! We therefore declare a GENERAL STRIKE on the weekend of October 11-13, 2013! Truck drivers will not haul freight! Americans can strike in solidarity with truck drivers!”

As a result of being banned from Facebook, the truckers started their own website called RideForTheConstitution.org to promote the event.

Freedom Outpost pointed out that Facebook allows pages promoting jihad, but “will pull pages like Truckers to Shut Down America and Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children for promoting conservative and/or Christian beliefs. That makes sense when the owners and admins of Facebook are in cahoots with government and in bed with big money men.

With the social networking page nowhere to be found, it is now up to the old-fashioned, hit the pavement, door to door grassroots effort.”

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Here is more information on the protest from the group’s Facebook original page (the one that got pulled from the web):

“My fellow patriot this effort is to support the truckers in a major shut down of America ion [sic] a 3 day strike October 11th thru 13th. Obamacare will be in effect and most people will be ready to take action. No commerce on those days stock up on items that you will need. No banking no shopping no money transactions.

It does not matter if a million or 50 roll through DC in this effort. Congress will listen to We the People. Which is remove Obama from office for crimes of treason and misdemeanors. We want Congressional hearing on Benghazi and Seal Team 6. Louis Learner [sic] put in jail. No amnesty, remove all Muslims in our government that do not uphold the Constitution. Remove Eric Holder from office for crimes against the people and the Constitution. Last but not least is Fuel prices.”

Do you support these truckers? Also, do you think Facebook had a partisan motivation from pulling down the group’s page? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.