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Showing posts from July, 2013

Once upon a time, a man's home was his castle

As of late Friday, July 5, the We the People website of the White House had 127,756 signatures on the petition to pardon Edward Snowden, surpassing the 100,000 minimum needed to qualify for a response. I doubt that anyone signed it with the expectation that Snowden might actually get pardoned.

In a sense one can’t blame the White House for failing to pardon him.  They’re the guilty party.  Whatever law or laws he might’ve broken are nothing compared to the flagrant constitutional violations of the federal government.  Like it or not, in this country, in 2013, the Constitution is still the supreme law, and the Fourth Amendment says the government will not mess with our privacy or come stomping into our “castle” without a warrant issued by a judge on suspicion of a specific crime.  By virtue of Katz v. United States, 389 U.S. 347 (1967), in which the Supreme Court ruled that the unreasonable search and seizure clause of the Fourth Amendment includes immaterial intrusion with technology,…