To Hell With The Fourth Amendment
Bush Authorizes Searches Without Warrants
Eh, our rights were overrated anyways. Who cares if the NSA can now spy on any American at any time without having to answer to a judge or oversight committee? Whats the worst that can happen?
I'm all for catching terrorists. And apparently some plots have been stopped due to the NSA's vigilance (according to the same people who admit to creating fake news reports). But to authorize this kind of thing under Presidential order, with no oversight by Congress (or knowledge of anyone, it seems, before the NYT article) lends the whole process to potential abuse. I can understand keeping investigations secret; you don't want to tip off the person being investigated. But why keep the whole policy secret?? It seems to me there's only one answer.
Because if we, the people, knew about it, we'd never let it happen.
Why is the government so afraid of us?
I've said it before and I'll say it again. The terrorists have won if we begin to sacrifice our liberties. This is Number 4 in the Bill of Rights. The BILL OF RIGHTS!!!! Surely we're not willing to let this one go?
Maybe it's just my liberal-commie-pinko-hippie viewpoint, but shouldn't violating the constitution be illegal? Isn't this a bit more impeachable than... oh... say a BJ in the oval office?