American Culture

Can we just repeal the Fourth Amendment?

We’re not really using it anyway

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.

DUI checkpoints. Stop and frisk. Racial profiling. Total Information Awareness. CIA. NSA. AT&T. Surveillance state. Cheek swabs. No-knock warrants. Civil forfeiture. More civil forfeiture. Border searches, subpoenas instead of warrants, metadata, facial recognition, medical records. Expanded background checks.

It’s all about the gray areas. As with any law or definition, we just keep chiseling away at it, defining it more and more completely, allowing for greater degrees of and more varied means of qualifying a term, a concept, a status, until there’s nothing left to define.

We just keep chiseling. And chiseling. And chiseling.

Imagine just how much more secure we can all be if we get over this weird American hangup about privacy. Our existence as something far short of “rational animal” is all the probable cause necessary to warrant the termination of any reasonable expectation of privacy.

At least we still have due process.

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  1. your right they are not using it and NO!! the government whether it’s the police or some other agency are just taking money from citizens and busting down doors (no knock). SS tactics. we should live by the constitution and amendments, all of them, not get rid of them. let us take back some of our control instead of letting the government keep and take more of our freedoms. we are now guilty until we prove our innocents. our laws were written to let some of the criminals go free, instead of imprisoning the non-guilty. which is better imprisoning people that are not guilty or freeing some criminals. criminals can change but it is very rare. that means we get another chance to take their freedom. we have lost our freedoms. prohibition on anything has never worked in the history of the world. all it does is promote more crime and in-rich some of the worst people in the world. if I want to do heroin it is my business, I am the one that has to live with my mistakes. besides religion has entwined into our laws. why should I have to live someone else’s religion. if we want to say Christianity is right and the world is wrong, well I think religion is wrong. Christians, all faiths are only 10% of the worlds religion. Muslims and Buddhist have most of the population. that does not mean they are right. we need to go back and separate religion and government. the constitution is still the greatest form of government, WE SHOULD NOT GET RID OF ANY OF IT. just my humble opinion.