Protesters say '1984' has arrived in Utah

Protesters say '1984' has arrived in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - It may be 2013, but some in Utah say it feels like 1984, as in George Orwell’s novel, 1984.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - It may be 2013, but some in Utah say it feels like 1984, as in George Orwell’s novel, 1984.

“Restore the Fourth” protesters gathered in front of the 3rd District U.S. Federal Courthouse Sunday. They picked the day tor ally for 4th Amendment rights for a reason.

“They dubbed today, ‘1984 Day’-- August 8-4, 1984,” said Macey Booth, a protester.

Those who attended the rally believe the technology used in the novel might be different, but the perpetual surveillance by Big Brother is real.

“That dystopia that George Orwell wrote about has become very much a reality in the United States,” said Pete Ashdown, a protester.

Their concerns stem from Edward Snowden's leak of classified information earlier this summer that revealed the U.S. government is spying on millions of Americans.

“I think it's very strange for me having grown up in the Cold War that somebody is seeking refuge in Russia, Edward Snowden, against the tyranny and control of the United States while we're being monitored here,” said Ashdown.

The protesters say they want elected leaders in Washington to know they are watching them.

“The constituency is not happy with what's going on,” said Booth. “The people of the state of Utah, we're not happy about the warrantless surveillance, we're not happy about the NSA facility.”
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