The fourth amendment protects our rights to privacy as well as other items as stated here:
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.
In other words, no government organization may spy on you, or go through your property without a court order including seizing your property without probable cause. A warrant must be issued by a sitting judge to do any of these things. This also ensures your right to privacy. In other words, the NSA, CIA and FBI are not allowed to spy on the average citizen without good reason and a judge’s permission. So why are they doing this on a regular basis?
Wikileaks talks about the illegal spying the NSA and CIA are doing through our computers, webcams and phones in their release of Vault 7. Back in 2010, Edward Snowden also exposed this on a smaller scale. So who gave them the rights to invade our privacy and listen and watch us? This is like a bad version of Big Brother in 1984 come to life. In today’s life, the one place you still should have privacy is in your home. However, it appears this is not the case.
With cameras on every street corner, all over the stores and work places, we are constantly being watched like prisoners. Sure, these videos can help in cases of robbery and murder or even terrorist acts, but someone walking down a public street should not have to be on video. Now, we find out, they are doing this in our homes. Our tvs have listening devices in them according to the recent CIA leaks on Wikileaks. What else are they spying on us with? This is a scary scenario.
Worse yet, many people have had their assets seized based on allegations. In the case of Julian Assange, his credit cards were held without his knowledge while he was in Sweden leaving him with no funds whatsoever to take care of himself. This in fact led to him staying with several girls who offered him temporary sleeping quarters in their beds and led to the allegations of rape which have been dropped.
Then there was the case of @KimDotCom a hacker that was had millions of dollars in assets seized by the US government. It wasn’t even filed until 2 years after the government seized all his assets and sought to extradite him to the US. The catch is the case is not a case against him but against his assets. Make any sense to you? In his case, the government had certain rights to do so but he hadn’t even been to court yet, let alone convicted for anything.
So how many more people will be spied on illegally or their items seized before it ever goes to court based on allegations? To me, this is not right and our government has overstepped it’s bounds. There are other cases of the NSA and CIA listening in on conversations that they had no business doing such as the Trump tower, Sean Hannity and several Congressman while under the Obama administration.
We the people need to stand up against the violation of our fourth amendment rights. We need to write Congress, the president, the DOJ and even the media to complain about these violations. If we use our voice, vote often and write letters we can change this illegal system.