How can we feel secure?

June 25, 2013 

The following is the Fourth Amendment of the Bill of Rights, which was passed a few years after the Constitution was ratified.

"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."

Our government is collecting enormous amounts of information about American citizens -- in America. We are assured that no calls, emails, etc., are read, and perhaps regulations do provide safeguards. But the IRS (against regulations) did discriminate against citizens based on their ideas. And this involved other agencies (FBI and EPA). Does that inspire confidence?

Can we feel secure in our persons, houses, papers and effects when our government can follow everything we do? Or is the enormous amount of data too great a temptation?

This solution to our security concerns might be worse than the problem.

Ben Franklin: "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."

Mary E. Thorton


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