Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: What! You too? I thought I was the only one.

-C.S. Lewis

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

The 4th Amendment

Just in case anyone needs a bit of a reminder.

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.
Amen! Speak it, my brother! A little lesson in civics for any knuckle-dragging mouth-breathers who happen by this blog: this amendment appears in the Bill of Rights. The freedoms this particular amendment guarantees are on the exact same level as our hallowed "freedom of speech." To determine Bush's guilt in this matter, one need go no further than the passage above, since, by law, no other law can supersede the Constitution. In other words, if you're hoping to find some secret law that allows searches and seizures (wiretaps) without a warrant and gets Bush off the hook, let me lift the suspense, you ain't gonna find it.

The Constitution of the United States of America is not a mere suggestion. To shamelessly disregard our Constitution is the ultimate act of treason, for contained within its lines is the pure essence of what our country represents to its citizens and to the world. We would do well to remember that men and women have given their lives to protect the wisdom and justice inherent to this document. Those who willfully dismiss and dishonor the object of their sacrifice deserve nothing more than our basest contempt.

Once again, for the morons: it's not the spying that's a problem, it's the lack of a warrant. If you'd rather your government should henceforth do without warrants, I hear condos in Moscow are very reasonable these days.

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