1984 Essay

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1984 Essay Compared to the society predicted in 1984, today’s society is much different. Today, we are protected by the Fourth Amendment, but in 1984, there was much less privacy and respect. Although today we are supposed to be fully protected, the government has been pushing the boundaries when it comes to unreasonable search and seizure procedures. Some of the Acts that were put in to effect in today’s society were unnecessary and invaded a person’s privacy even more. The Fourth Amendment promises that a warrant must be provided in order search the suspected area of crime. If not, unconstitutionally seized evidence was proclaimed in admissible in state trials. What Orwell predicted in 1949 was nothing like this. There were telescreens that could see virtually almost anything a person was doing at any given time. If someone was committing a crime, or thinking a wrong thought, the Thought Police would break in without hesitation. The Thought Police broke in to Mr. Charrington’s house and kicked Winston and punched Julia without further reason. (Orwell 221-224) No one could just be by themselves without anyone watching. David K. Shipler states that lately, the Supreme Court ruled that the police could break into a house without a search warrant if, after knocking and announcing themselves, they heard what sounded like evidence being destroyed. Then it refused to see a Fourth Amendment violation where a citizen was jailed for 16 days on the false pretext that he was being held as a material witness to a crime (Shipler 1). This is getting nearer what Orwell was portraying; not having a precursor to entering the suspected area. Even though this is less extreme then the events in 1984, people today should still be highly concerned with the violations of the Bill of Rights. Interesting enough, this part of the article is similar to 1984. The false dichotomy

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