“I have grave concerns that the CIA’s search may well have violated the separation-of-powers principles embodied in the United States Constitution, including the speech-and-debate clause,” Feinstein said. “Besides the constitutional implications, the CIA search may also have violated the Fourth Amendment, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act,” as well as an Executive Order barring the CIA from conducting domestic surveillance, she said.
Our constitution is assuredly the best country incorporation document in the world. The framers had an astounding amount of foresight when the generated it. But I believe that it would not have survived all these years if the first ten amendments had not been quickly added. The first ten amendments are called the Bill of Rights for a reason. They restrict the power of government from unnecessary and especially unwarranted intrusion it to its’ citizens lives. This Bill of Rights has always been considered sacrosanct but the problem on interpretation is sometimes in question.
According to Thomas Jefferson’s and James Madison’s writings of the time the first amendment’s original intent was to prevent the government from establishing a State religion. This protection has grown to a two-way bridge since that time. The second amendment was to insure that militias could be easily formed by citizen soldiers to protect the security of the State. Of course this concept is now archaic in nature. That duty has now been incorporated into the National Guard which doesn’t require their members to supply their own weapons. The second amendment has been morphed into somehow saying that the right to own guns is its main intent.
One amendment that has stood the test of time virtually unchanged is the fourth amendment. That is at least up until now. The right against unreasonable search and seizures without probably cause is now being attacked at its most basic level. The above article show that the body responsible for reigning in possible abuses to the fourth amendment is now being undermined by those who they are supposed to regulate! This is the perfect example of “the fox guarding the hen-house” so to speak.
I know that fear drives much of what we do as a nation now. We are so obsessed with the possibility of another 911 that many of us are willing to throw out the Bill of Rights in the process. When George Orwell in 1948 wrote the book 1984 many were horrified at that possible future Big Brother State. But it seems that much of that scenario has become reality thirty years later than Mr. Orwell predicted.
When I was a young man I read 1984 along with a couple of other books of the same genre as part of class reading assignments. Those included Animal Farm and Brave New World. I wonder if those books are even on the radar screen for today’s youth? If not I think they should be. When we quit defending our rights as cited in the Bill of Rights they will naturally be threatened. When the inner workings of the body that is supposed to enforce our rights is infiltrated we should all be up in arms.