PATRIOT ACT V. FOURTH AMENDMENT
Patriot Act & 4th Amendment
The Fourth Amendment was created in 1791 primarily to end the existence of general warrants, which the American colonialists hated and feared. These warrants were used by the English government to conduct door-to-door searches and mass arrests, often as a coercive method for achieving social and political goals (Maclin and Mirabella, 2011, p. 1052). With this history in mind the text of the Fourth Amendment makes perfect sense:
"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." (FindLaw, 2011)
The wording of the Fourth Amendment represents a straightforward attempt to eliminate general warrants and thus...
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