Project Part E
“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” (constitution.laws.com/4th-amendment). The Fourth Amendment defined: like the majority of fields within American law, the Fourth Amendment is heavily rooted in the English legal doctrine. In a general sense, the Fourth Amendment was created to limit ability to enforce legal actions on individuals. The Amendment was created to limit the powers of the law enforcement agency that is conducting a search of an individual’s personal property. This protects citizens from what the government would like to take and pick to death. Many citizens may not like the thought of being under a microscope but 9/11 changed the terms of freedom. While the government continues to develop new laws and policies they need to remember that the Fourth Amendment protects citizens and must continue that protection during the policy and law making process. The obligation of Congress to protect Americans and convince them it is being done. Rep. Jason Chaffetz – Utah, said, “it is the job of Congress to protect and defend the United States Constitution and the personal liberties provided to American citizens under the Fourth Amendment” (Chaffetz, 2011). The government has difficult choices to make in the issues of privacy and security; one fundamental requirement noted previously is to protect citizens. This may mean that rights need to be understood in a larger context and may need to be reevaluated in terms of what restrictions on rights may be necessary. Therefore, deferring to the government in making such decisions, citizens need to recognize that some of their rights may need to be abridged, or at least reinterpreted, in order to remain safe. While giving the government their respect the government must also give home life its respect. If a friend seeks confidence about anything it needs to remain confidential. Things said over the phone or through emails and just simple conversations within the home should be able to stay kept within the home. One day American citizens may find themselves having to live with the government knowing more about them than what they prefer. It may not seem fair to live that way, but the world did not begin with that understanding. The hatred or misunderstood actions of mankind has put the government in that position. The federal government’s obsession with classifying even innocuous materials also stymies local officials. The GAO (General Accounting Office) says, that with sufficient training, state and local officials, who daily handle confidential information on crimes, could handle other categories of sensitive information. Individual privacy doesn’t have to be at risk if the rules are clear. The Markle report, for instance, says “the government should not be able to use health records or credit data unless it can show a strong link to a threat” (Los Angeles Times, 2003).
The purpose of this paper is to give different aspects of privacy and security. This issue is becoming more popular as the world keeps advancing in technology. The opportunities that are offered and will continue to grow are unreal. It is exciting along with scary, because of the uncertainty of it all. Being safe and having privacy are two worlds that will have to learn to cohabitate for the United States to maintain the freedom it has always had.
A 50-state study by the U. S. Conference of Mayors added another piece to the puzzle, 90 percent of cities had not obtained promised funds to assist police, local officials and other first responders. State and local law enforcement agencies are the first that must learn of an impending attack. “In turn,...
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