“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.”
These words were written over 200 years ago as the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Today, the federal government, particularly the Executive Branch, looks to these words as just words. Words that mean nothing to them in their quest for absolute power.
The Fourth Amendment has been trampled on for years. The Patriot Act, for example, was a huge slap in the face to the Fourth Amendment. And now, with the Executive Branch ordering the National Security Agency to seize millions of records of phone calls, that slap has been taken yet another step further.
It has gotten so bad that the junior senator from Kentucky, Sen. Rand Paul, has announced that he is introducing a bill to force the federal government to follow the Fourth Amendment. Meant to guarantee the constitutional protections of the 4th Amendment are not violated by any government entity, this bill has yet again brought to the limelight the abuses of power by current and past executives.
The blatant disregard for the rights laid out in the Constitution has got to stop and, as Sen. Paul has stated “Congress must do more to restrict the Executive’s expansive law enforcement powers…”
Personally, I find it a bit heartbreaking that a U.S. Senator has to come up with a bill to enforce a law that is already on the books.
Interestingly enough, Sen. Paul is also calling for Americans to join him in a class action lawsuit against the Executive Branch for violations against the Constitution. I’m all for it. This administration needs to know that the people will not stand for this complete disregard for the laws that this country was founded upon. I’m betting that Washington and Jefferson and Madison are spinning in their graves right now.
It is time that we let these men truly rest in peace and demand that our government follow their examples and their words.