Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution:
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.
The purpose of the Fourth Amendment is to protect citizens’ privacy and private property rights. But if we lose our Fourth Amendment, then we will soon lose all of our rights and protections, including our First and Second Amendment rights.
The dismantling of our Fourth Amendment by governing authorities has led to the stripping down of a 95-year-old leukemia patient and young children by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents, and has led to the killing of an innocent Iraq War veteran by law enforcement.
“It’s something I couldn’t imagine happening on American soil,” said Jean Weber, the daughter of the 95-year-old leukemia patient who was stripped of her Depends adult diaper by TSA agents and held for one hour so the agents could inspect her undergarment.
Americans are in a battle whether they know it or not. And if we continue to sit on the sidelines and allow our rights to be taken from us, then more innocent Americans will lose their right to defend themselves against harassment, intimidation, and unwarranted search and seizure of their property.
“We need to be doing better police work and doing less of the universal giving up of our freedom to live our life the way we would like to live our life,” Sen. Paul said to John Pistole, the administrator of the TSA at the DHS, during a Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on invasive TSA searches.
They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety, – Benjamin Franklin
Recently, a Tennessee woman was added to the list of those who stood up for their rights at the TSA line and paid the price by being arrested. Because the woman refused to go through the TSA’s airport screening machine, and also refused to allow her daughter to be patted-down by a TSA agent, she was arrested by police at the Nashville International Airport on a charge of disorderly conduct.
According to a police report, the mother told TSA agents that she didn’t want her daughter to be “touched inappropriately” or have her “crotch grabbed.”
The mother was also prevented from taking a video of the incident on her mobile phone.
“See Something, Say Something”
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently released series of terrorist-watch videos “See Something, Say Something” that effectively tell Americans to spy on each other.
These video clips depict Americans as terror threats, and then advise citizens to report the behaviors of their fellow Americans.
One of the DHS videos displays newspaper clippings of Americans who have committed acts of terror, such as Ted Kaczynski the Unabomber, and Timothy McVey, one of the men involved in the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. Yet, the video fails to show pictures of the 19 9/11 hijackers, or members of al-Qaeda, Hamas and Hezbollah, or members of other foreign terrorist organizations.
Unfortunately, these profiling tactics aren’t new, because according to documents written by the Missouri Information Analysis Center (MIAC) in 2009, if you display the Gadsden flag, or consider yourself to be Libertarian or a supporter of the liberty movement, then you just might be the biggest threat to our national security.
This is a prime example of an imposing police state, where the government tasks citizens with the job of spying on their neighbors, instead of using the government’s resources to protect patriotic Americans from the real terror threats.
How much longer will you remain silent and continue to be pushed around before you stand up and tell every member of Congress to stand up and protect your Fourth Amendment rights?
Law enforcement kill innocent Iraq War veteran
Right now, SWAT teams can invade your home without probable cause. And if you dare to protect your home and your family from an intruder, not knowing that the “intruder” is law enforcement, then you could be shot and killed if you are armed.
This is what happened to Jose Guereña, a young Marine and Iraq War veteran who was killed by a SWAT team that invaded his home and fired 71 bullets — 22 penetrating Guereña’s body — all because his brother, who did not live with him, was suspected of drug trafficking. Jose Guereña had a clean record, and police never found anything suspicious in his home. Now his young wife is left to raise their child as a single parent.
If Jose Guereña’s story is an example of what the police can do with a warrant, just imagine what will happen to you and your family when police enter your home without one!
The loss of our rights is happening across the country because the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Kentucky v. King has effectively revoked Americans’ Fourth Amendment protections — the SCOTUS decision gives police the authority to stage a search and seizure of your property without obtaining a warrant from a judge.
In Kentucky v. King, the Fourth Amendment violation occurred when police officers invaded the wrong home during a search for a suspect. After busting through the wrong door, police found illegal drugs in the home, which they discovered by error, and without first obtaining a search warrant from a judge.
What this means for you, and your law-abiding friends and family members, is that the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision has effectively stripped every citizen of their Fourth Amendment protections!
The Fourth Amendment was written to protect us from police excess and police mistakes. The warrant requirement ranks among the fundamental distinctions between our form of government – where officers areunder the law – and the police-state, where they are the law.
“Most Americans would agree that requiring third-party judicial oversight is what protects all of us from living in a police state, where those doing the arresting are answerable only to themselves,” Sen. Paul said.
The Supreme Court’s decision has opened the door to allow a nation-wide abuse of power, and there is nothing that we can do – ONLY CONGRESS CAN TAKE ACTION!
By enabling police to circumvent the Fourth Amendment, and a judge’s authorization before searching a property, Americans are no longer protected against unwarranted search and seizure!
The “government has denied property and privacy rights in deference to making the job of the police easier,” Judge Andrew Napolitano said on Fox News.
Recently, an Indiana resident asked his fellow readers of the IndyStar this question: “When was the Fourth Amendment repealed, and why don’t I hear an outcry from my fellow citizens?” – A valid question after two frightening Supreme Court decisions – the U.S. Supreme Court and the Indiana Supreme Court – both giving police the right to enter citizens’ private property to conduct warrantless searches and seizures.
In the Indiana case, Barnes v. State of Indiana, the State Supreme Court ruled that police can enter a resident’s private property at any time – without a warrant, without suspicion, without reason – and without knocking and announcing their presence!
Along with thousands of your fellow Americans, you can join us to DEMAND that members of Congress circumvent the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision by voting for a law that will reclaim and secure our Fourth Amendment protections!
Members of Congress need to hear from you!
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P.S. Tell every member of Congress to vote for legislation that will restore Americans’ Fourth Amendment protections-in our nation’s airports, inside our homes, and in public.