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Constitution Monday: Reasonable Searches Only

Here is the Fourth Amendment in the Bill of Rights:

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.

Do you think this provision holds true today? I think it has been seriously stretched since the 1980s and possibly broken altogether after 9/11.

I also draw your attention to the fact that it refers to “the people” and not to citizens only. Most of our Founders understood that if there really were “inalienable rights granted by the Creator”, then a nation’s fundamental laws had to apply to all.

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