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In ruling that police may not search cellphones without a warrant, the Court brought the Fourth Amendment into the twenty-first century.
But will they apply the same logic to the NSA’s massive surveillance dragnet?
Since 9/11, the government has ceaselessly violated our constitutional rights—none more so than the right to privacy.
Since 9/11, power-hungry political leaders have eviscerated the First Amendment—and we’ve allowed them to do it.
“The first principle of any American intelligence official is not an oath to secrecy but a duty to the public, a commitment to speak truth to power.”
As Senator Feinstein has revealed, the CIA will not only stall but even spy on Congress to impede its investigation of wrongdoing.
The president has made a step toward better oversight, but his proposals leave the agency’s system of dragnet surveillance mostly intact.
Updating the Fourth Amendment has been done before, to address the invention of cars, phones and GPS. It’s time to do it again.
The Snowden revelations have vindicated The Nation and the ACLU. When will the government correct the record and stop the abuses?