Posted by Bruce Kahl on October 20, 2001
In Reply to: A bit of a digression posted by R. Berg on October 19, 2001
: 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. [Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States; effective Dec. 15, 1791]
So refreshing to see that again.
I hold this Amendment in such high regard but it has really really been crushed. And the crushing has been just a crinkle at a time.
For instance, testing for drugs has now become so commonplace that "we the people" just roll over on that issue because it is "for the common good".
The newest crunch has been scanning and digitizing people's faces at sporting events and other public gatherings and comparing these images against certain profiles. An old used-to-be-way-left-of-me buddy of mine from my SDS days told me "If you got nothing to hide hide then you got nothing to worry about".