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David Givers, Moorhead, Published January 23 2014

Letter: Clear violations of Constitution

The Constitution is under siege by the White House and those in Congress who are supporting National Security Agency spying on citizens. When I read the Fourth Amendment, I see no exceptions to what it 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.”

We have the constitutional right to be secure in our own “effects.” Effects in the modern age includes digital and phone data. Retaining meta data by the government is a search and seizure that has not been authorized by warrant based on “... probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation.” The “Interpreter in Chief” residing in the White House is not delegated those search powers by the Constitution, nor is any branch of government, elected or appointed, authorized to make a search without probable cause and a warrant.

Why do I state that our Constitution is being violated? You only have to pay attention to computer experts who are telling us that meta data itself, without reading or listening to the content, provides the keepers of that data the powers to track actions and activities of individuals. Keeping meta data by the government means that we are not secure in “our houses, papers, and effects.” That is the power of meta data and big data computers and software.

Big Brother is definitely watching you. The slippery slope into an electronic tyranny has been entered. We need to return to the simple-minded or literal reading of the Fourth Amendment to call ourselves a free nation and defender of personal liberty.