If I asked you, does it bother you that your Fourth Amendment rights are violated on a daily basis, I wonder what your response would be? I wonder how many people even know what the Fourth Amendment says? For the majority of people who have never read it, and for the rest who have forgotten, it says:
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 the Oath and affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
What does this matter, you may wonder? Well, tonight (December 27, 2012), Senators Rand Paul (KY) and Mike Lee (UT) went to battle over the protection of the people of the United States Fourth Amendment rights. While the sheep sleep (try saying that five times fast), more and more of our rights and liberties are being stripped away by Congress. Did you know that there is no need of a warrant to read your emails, or check what you have searched on the internet? Do you know what that is called? It is called a blatant violation of the Fourth Amendment! Men like Senators Paul and Lee obviously are standing alone for your rights because as they tried to pass the Fourth Amendment Protection Act, which
extends Fourth Amendment guarantees to electronic communications and requires specific warrants granted through FISA courts in order to obtain this information
Congress decided to overwhelmingly reject the Amendment 79-12. Senator Paul defended the Act with these words:
The Fourth Amendment guarantees that people should be secure in their persons, houses and papers against unreasonable searches and seizures.
Somewhere along the way, though, we became lazy and haphazard in our vigilance. We allowed Congress and the courts to diminish our Fourth Amendment protection, particularly when our papers were held by third parties.
I think most Americans would be shocked to know that the Fourth Amendment does not protect your records if they’re banking, Internet or Visa records. A warrant is required to read your snail mail and to tap your phone, but no warrant is required to look at your e-mail, text or your Internet searches. They can be read without a warrant. Why is a phone call more deserving of privacy protection than an e-mail?
This amendment would restore the Fourth Amendment protections to third-party records, and I recommend a yes vote.
Congress said, “Thank you for your recommendation Senator, but as we usually like to advise you, shut up now and have a seat! We do not care about the American people or their rights and liberties! We do not care about the Bill of Rights! We will prove it to you over and over and over again, and the sheeple will continue to vote us in!”
Dilulio, John J. and Wilson, James Q. American Government. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004.
Senate Votes on Fourth Amendment Protection Act. Retrieved from http://paul.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=670 on December 27, 2012.