The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America

“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.”

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Comment:

“..no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation..”

The NSA is seizing of your communications, email and telephone meta data as you read this.  It has been done without a warrant, without a showing of probable cause, and without an oath or affirmation stating probable cause.  It is being done on a secret order (not a warrant) of a secret court.  The NSA has given itself the power to engage in domestic spying , mass surveillance and data collection on all of us.

In the America I was born in we did not have “Secret Courts.” And a warrant was required before a police officer or federal officer could take you or your documents into custody.  In the America you were born in (or perhaps you came to us from another land;  help your adopted country find its way again) the government did not engage in domestic spying or mass surveillance of its own citizens.