Saving the Fourth

1-fourth amendment In order to protect the natural right to be left alone – privacy – the Framers enacted standards in the Fourth Amendment that required the government to produce evidence about the person whose records it wants – called probable cause – and present that evidence to a judge when it wants a search warrant. If granted, the Constitution requires that the warrant particularly describe the place to be searched or the person or thing to be seized. After the House Judiciary Committee took all this into account in its redrafting of the proposed Patriot Act, the House Republican leadership and the George W. Bush White House pulled a fast one. They switched the painstakingly negotiated version of the Patriot Act for the original version and posted the original version on the House intranet, and leadership scheduled a vote within the hour of posting. It is safe to say that no member of the House read the Patriot Act in that hour. It takes about 20 hours to read, as it is hundreds of pages in length, and it amends dozens of prior statutes that also must be read. Most House members clearly never knew what they were authorizing. The only negotiated-for provision that survived the switch was the sunset provision of section 215. http://original.antiwar.com/andrew-p-napolitano/2015/05/27/saving-the-fourth/#.VWcPiWr0png.email

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