"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 stand-alone paragraph:
"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 amendment)...
...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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