Bruising the Fourth Amendment

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The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, Shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

From the Ten Original Amendments to the Constitution of the United Sates

Passed by Congress September 25, 1789

Ratified December 15, 1791

So those who use Google to search for something (perhaps a stroller) or use the Verizon network for personal or business communication have been searched and their private information seized without warrant or due diligence and for most of these folks there was likely no probable cause. These folks have not been told what the NSA is looking for nor are they given a description of the information retrieved.

At one time I believed our leaders just thought us too stupid and unable see through the smoke and mirrors presented as truths. This information leaked by Snowden was classified to protect our nation.

However, we must realize also that these actions are an erosion of the Fourth Amendment. Our government is too big and stepping on our rights under the illusion of their own power.

More people must let their leaders know that we need less government. We need a government that concentrates on national security and the economy. Our government should not been in charge of our health care, our personal morals, our children’s education and our businesses.

Take your voices and let them be heard. Your opinion counts but it can only be recognized if it is heard.

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The First Amendment

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.Source: The Bill of Rights, ratified

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Evidence of the trampling of the First Amendment by the Internal Revenue Service has been heard. The hearings on June 4, 2013 have been disarming and frightening. The IRS told the President of the Coalition for Life of Iowa to submit a letter signed by all board members stating: Under the penalty of perjury, we will not picket, protest or organize groups to picket or protest outside of Planned Parenthood.

So the heavy-handed IRS lashed its whip on the back of the Coalition for Life threatening to take away its tax-free status if it assembled and spoke of its beliefs in opposition to Planned Parenthood.

Who gave the order instructing this public institution paid for by your tax dollars to target conservative organizations for audits and burdensome proof of tax-free status?

Several tea party groups including the ones that testified today, June 4th; the Laurens County Tea Party, the Wetumpka Tea Party, the San Fernando Valley Patriots, and the Linchpins of Liberty; are all taking part in a lawsuit against the IRS filed by the American Center for Law.

Hurrah for the organizations that testified, keep fighting, stand up for your rights, and the rights of Americans to free speech and assembly.