October 08, 2009

The Fourth Amendment.

"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."

In my opinion, this is one of the most important amendments in the constitution. This amendment protects American citizens from being searched without probable cause or a warrant. It also protects the citizens property. Without this amendment, a police officer could enter your home and search it for any reason-- even taking items from your home without your permission. This could also lead to larger things such as police officers being able to seize an entire car or house without probable cause. This amendment protects not only your persons and property but also your privacy in that the police cannot barge into your house without first going through the proper measures.

This video shows how the fourth amendment can be interpreted to mean something else. In Boston, the police are now able to enter homes and search children's bedrooms to make sure there are not guns present. The lawyers on the panel discuss the blatant disregard for the forth amendment in this situation.

This second video is from June 20, 2008 when the Senate voted to invalidate the 4th amendment. This video shows some of what the senators had to say about the Bill HR 6304.