We Dems expected President George Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney to offend our civil liberties.
We didn’t expect President Barack Obama, the constitutional law professor, to go back on his campaign promise to make a course correction to cure the over-reaching of the Bush Administration.
We were foolish to expect better.
Without regard to partisan coloration, our public officials and our government just can’t stop poking their noses into our private papers and communications.
The Fourth Amendment, by which we are purportedly protected, guaranteed we’d be secure” in our “persons, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures.”
This guarantee has been rendered almost meaningless by the actions of our government from the federal to the county level. Applications to search and seize are routinely approved by magistrates and judges. The basis for the government’s searches are often kept secret. Continue reading