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Interpreting the Constitution

Congress established a special court to hear cases involving intelligence matters.  One of the matters it recently reviewed is the constitutionality of wiretapping Americans on the say-so of the executive branch without the pesky step of having to get a warrant signed by somebody from the judicial branch.   Concerning this matter, the fourth article of the Bill of Rights says,

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.

Now, me being just a rube, I’m inclined to interpret this article in the Bill of Rights as telling the government proboscicrats that they are forbidden to spy on Americans without a warrant from a judge.  The judge who issues a warrant is duty bound to require probable cause and a sworn statement from the said proboscicrat that the said probable cause isn’t just made up.  The clear intent of the amendment is to tell the government that it can’t search the citizens unless certain steps are taken first.

The court has found otherwise.  It seems this particular judge figured out that, never mind what the Constitution actually says, there are plenty of other protections that he thinks are just as good.  Of course, us rubes are tempted to ask: If the fourth amendment wasn’t protection enough to prevent being surreptitiously wiretapped by the government without the required probable cause, judge, oath, and warrant, then what’s to make these extra safeguards any more secure?

Once the Constitution becomes just so much verbiage for clever lawyers to sweep aside, the future of the Republic is very much in jeopardy.  The old theologians defined a “nation” as a people, a land, and a law.  Without any one of these three, nationhood cannot exist.  Hence, no society can hope to survive being ruled by officers who have no respect for the country’s most basic laws.  To scoff at the Constitution is to overthrow America in slow motion.

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