A Double Deathblow To The 4th Amendment


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. Amendment 4 to the U.S. Constitution

For years, the 4th Amendment has been whittled away. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 and subsequent amendments to it — including the FISA Amendment Acts of 2008; the USA Patriot Act; National Security Agency spying; the National Defense Authorization Act; and new technology that allows government snoops to peer inside your homes, cars and beneath your clothes — have all chipped away at its very foundation.

But this week, the 4th Amendment, thought so important by the Founding Fathers who had experienced the tyranny of warrantless searches and seizures by British soldiers, suffered a double deathblow. The first came on Friday in Boston, as police ordered hundreds of innocent homeowners from their homes at gunpoint and conducted warrantless, illegal searches of their homes in a hunt for a teenage bombing suspect who had killed three people. And it came in Congress on Tuesday as the House passed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), which allows the government to access online data.

Police actions in Boston set an unnerving precedent that harkens back to Nazi Germany and Communist Russia. CISPA essentially “legalizes” what the government has been doing from some time through FISA and the Patriot Act.

From the United States Holocaust Museum website:

The Nazi state in fact alleviated many of the frustrations the police experienced in the Weimar Republic. The Nazis shielded the police from public criticism by censoring the press… The Nazis centralized and fully funded the police to better combat criminal gangs and promote state security. The Nazi state increased staff and training, and modernized police equipment. The Nazis offered the police the broadest latitude in arrests, incarceration, and the treatment of prisoners. The police moved to take “preventive action,” that is, to make arrests without the evidence required for a conviction in court and indeed without court supervision at all… Crime did indeed go down and the operation of criminal gangs ended. Order was restored. But there was a price… The Nazis took control and transformed the traditional police forces of the Weimar Republic into an instrument of state repression and, eventually, of genocide.

Once a precedent is established de facto, it is only a matter of time until it is established de jure. It will take time. But the criminal elected class and their partners in crime believe they have all the time they need and many incidents of “terror” on the horizon to help create the false notion that one more liberty-stealing law will make us that much safer.

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Bob Livingston

founder of Personal Liberty Digest™, is an ultra-conservative American author and editor of The Bob Livingston Letter™, in circulation since 1969. Bob has devoted much of his life to research and the quest for truth on a variety of subjects. Bob specializes in health issues such as nutritional supplements and alternatives to drugs, as well as issues of privacy (both personal and financial), asset protection and the preservation of freedom.

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  • KG

    The only reason why you are concerned is the worry you have that YOU will become a “victim.” Believe me, the people who come to this website could care less about the freedoms of common working people. If the Government declared the arrest of all union members, you would applaud that, as well as help them.

    • Warrior

      Quick, get inside your homes, there’s a madman on the loose. Yes, indeed!

    • jdn

      Oh Please , almost all government employees on every level are union members including civil service , postal workers , police , state troopers , firefighters and public teachers . Oh yes they are going to arrest themselves . This just in , Police went on rampage arresting themselves .

      • GALT

        Seriously? Among those you ‘cited’, which have “police” power?

        Strangely, you only mention two and there are several more
        levels of “police authority”? Are you suggesting that “police” are
        somehow “united” in anything?

        In many ways, they are more territorial “amongst” themselves,
        than would be true of other groups…….

        • jdn

          I think my opening statement ” almost all government employees on every level are union members ” covered the gambit of alphabet soup agencies . But if you want them named here’s a few for you . NSA , CIA , FBI , DEA, Homeland Security and lets not neglect the less powerful but still armed EPA , Parks and Forest Service , Land Management , and our buddies who collect Taxes the IRS . There are others but what the hey , they are all union .

          • Chester

            jdn, better go and do some serious study. It seems most of those agencies you name are forbidden to form unions, even if they so desired. NO security agency has unions involved, like it or not. About the only thing all these groups have in common is the fact that they are employed by the U S government. Incidentally, even those police groups who ARE union members have no problem arresting members of other unions.

          • GALT

            Not my point……but thanks for adding to the list.

            ” Oh yes they are going to arrest themselves . This just in , Police went on rampage arresting themselves .”

            How does being “unionized” make one “immune” from arrest?

            BTW you do realize how unions work?

          • Charlie

            Thanks,,,for once again informing us w.i.f.i.’s and semi w.i.f.i.’s AND you are mostly correct ,,,,BUT,,,you are still UNABLE to explain The UNbelieveable Almighty God of Abraham ,Isaac and Jacob Israel AND define “”Time””and “”Faith””………………….
            Meanwhile… Praise King Jesus for Salvation and Healing… Acts 2:38 IS salvation …
            Charlie Freedom

          • GALT

            Dear w.i.f.i.,

            “unbelievable”….explains it perfectly.

            as for the rest, irrelevant and inconsequential.

  • GALT

    Here we go again…..with the ageless wisdom of the mythical, framers, founders,

    Do the “mushrooms” believe that……?

    1.) The framers of the Constitution opposed a strong central government?

    2.)The framers hated taxes?

    3.)The framers were impartial statesmen, above interest driven politics?

    4.) The framers were guided by clear principles of limited government?

    5.) James Madison sired the Constitution?

    6.) The Federalist Papers tell us what the Constitution really means?

    7.) The Founding Fathers gave us the Bill of Rights?

    8.) By discovering what the framers intended or how the founding generation understood the text, we can determine how each provision of the Constitution must be applied?

    “He who controls the present, controls the past. He who controls the past controls the future.”

    P.S. This just NEVER gets old……and….”Where are those common law and equity courts?”

    • cawmun cents

      Again with the left born “framer ” thing…..you bore us to tears Galt.-CC.

      • GALT

        Now why would you be “bored”…..as a good little w.i.f.i. mushroom,
        you still have yet to tell us what you believe?

        Step up……be the first…..show Mr. Livingston what a bright pupil

        you have been.

        • cawmun cents

          Try to contain the leakage of the Porta-Potty that is your estimation of your brilliant mind,and I wont have to.



          • GALT

            Since none of you have, including Mr. Livingston…..that
            is hardly an intimidating prospect.

            How many years do you think you will need?

  • securityman

    you need to pull your head out!!! if you can’t see what is going on, ireally think you need to lay down on your stomach and let these idiots have their way. Galt, you and KG probably get together anyway. this country is being eaten away by the muslims,including your hero ,obummer and all you can come up with is an assault on unions and our founders. PLEASE get a life

    • GALT

      You seem confused? Have you actually “comprehended” anything
      written by anyone on this “page”?

      In your capacity as a w.i.f.i. could you explain Mr. Livingston’s article?

      For example, what relevance does it have to “your imagined muslim threat”?

      Do you feel protected by the “ageless wisdom of the founders”?

  • Chester

    As far as the “warrantless” entry into those homes in Boston, do believe you will find that covered under the “hot pursuit” doctrine. If an officer believes he is following a criminal, a lot of boundaries fall by the wayside.

  • Dave

    I am sure Bob is very concerened. But this was good on the Daily show… His fellow uber-conservatives over at Fox don’t seem to share Bob’s “love” of the US Constitution.

    It seems conservatives only believe the 2nd Amendment is set in stone… The rest can be jetisoned whenever the “experts” on the Constitution deem it ok for their purposes to trash almost the whole document.

  • securityman

    galt, i’ll bet that shivers run up your spine every time one your idols in D.C. says that they oppose the things that our founders wrote.they want to change them to read the way they want them to. you just get all warm and comfy just thinking about it,don’t you? do you really think that those idiots care for you and will take you as one of theirs if the s–t hits the fan , as it soon will? all i can say is : you need to get a life….

    • GALT

      Having found UCC 1-207/308 government is pretty much irrelevant to me
      on every level.

      What you “idiots” do is also irrelevant…….although I doubt you
      will do anything except whine…….

      But just in case you all “hear the call”…..I promise to be an “interested

    • Mike

      Who gives a crap about the founders they have been dead 200years time to move into the 21st century

  • http://www.facebook.com/elizabeth.giermanski Elizabeth Giermanski

    As is written in the Bible, ” in the last days, they shell say, peace , and safty, then sudden distruction WILL come apon them “. With Gods` help our forefathers did see what was comming, and I for one am gratful for that. The sad part of what is happening today, is that the American people have believed the lies of the progressives / communist in our government, I must applaud them for doing their job well, after all, look who their following, that should give us a hint as to where we are headed. If we don`t wake up and undo the tryanny brought about by their lies, and deciption. Their are still enough God fearing people too get the job done, even though they wont us to believe it`s hopless. Our fourefathers prouved what can be done in the face of a, SEAMINGLY, hopless situation, I will stick with Gods`way, It`s been proven too meny times, my trust is in Him, and not in the government !. As Ronald Ragan said it ” government isen`t the answer, government is the problum “, and in the day we live in, thats` pritty much true. Please don`t miss understand me, not all in government are sold out to corupsion, and we need to support them that are fighting for our freedoms, you will know them by their rfiutes, as the Lord said. Johnny G.

    • GALT

      Have you considered engaging a “de-programmer”??????

    • Paul

      Elizabeth, don’t worry about Galt’s comment below. You are spot on with your beliefs. Our time is soon and He will come in a blink of an eye. Galt and others alike, will be asking you a different question when the time come. Hopefully it won’t be too late for him. I do wish it would get here quicker.

      • GALT

        Pray harder…….wish harder…..maybe you will get a pony?

    • Dave

      Reagan forgot to finish his thought…

      “government isn`t the answer, government is the problem when you elect conservatives who hate Gov”
      Its a self-fulling prophecy.

  • securityman

    mike, maybe you and galt should get together.the 21st century should be “better” for everyone, not just the few who want to keep ” mushroms”in the dark. believe me when i tell you: you and galt will not be up there with the leaders and bosses when all of this hits the fan.they don’t care a thing for you or your help either. of course, you could always be spies for them. they would throw you tidbits and scraps for that. but you would never be allowed at their table………