Amendment IV of the US Constitution provides:
"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."
and Article I, Section 9 of that Constitution contains, as a complete
"No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed."
So can anyone here on the Wreck explain how and why the records of
private conversations of very large number of American citizens were
examined without warrants (FISA or otherwise, as specified in the fourth
...and how it can be that President is urging, and Congress is now
considering, passage of an ex post facto law to grant immunity for all
of those fourth amendment violations?
It appears to me that the request for, and the consideration of, such
legislation is nothing less than an admission of a great many violations
of Constitutional law and an attempt to avoid responsibility.
What am I not understanding?
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