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.
- What Does the Fourth Amendment Say? (freedom.answers.com)
- Rand Paul to Introduce Fourth Amendment Restoration Act of 2013 (reason.com)
- Rand Paul Introduces Bill To Prevent Government Seizure Of Phone Records (economicpolicyjournal.com)
- Rackspace Response to PRISM (community.rackspace.com)