The Battle of Privacy and Security Essay

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The Battle of Privacy and Security Lora D. Purcell ENG122 Instructor Michael Cooper April 30, 2012 “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” ( The Fourth Amendment defined: like the majority of fields within American law, the Fourth Amendment is heavily rooted in the English legal doctrine. In a general sense, the Fourth Amendment was created to limit ability to enforce legal actions on individuals. The Amendment was created to limit the powers of the law enforcement agency that is conducting a search of an individual’s personal property. This protects citizens from what the government would like to take and pick to death. Many citizens may not like the thought of being under a microscope but 9/11 changed the terms of freedom. While the government continues to develop new laws and policies they need to remember that the Fourth Amendment protects citizens and must continue that protection during the policy and law making process. The obligation of Congress to protect Americans and convince them it is being done. Rep. Jason Chaffetz – Utah, said, “it is the job of Congress to protect and defend the United States Constitution and the personal liberties provided to American citizens under the Fourth Amendment” (Chaffetz, 2011). The government has difficult choices to make in the issues of privacy and security; one fundamental requirement noted previously is to protect citizens. This may mean that rights need to be understood in a larger context and may need to

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