Supreme Court Rules against 4th Amendment and Privacy in 5-4 Decision
2/28/2013 by: Anshel Sag
The Supreme Court has made a 5-4 decision in the CLAPPER v. AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL USA court case.
Amnesty International and other plaintiffs, yesterday, lost a court case in the Supreme Court challenging the legitimacy of the amendments to FISA Amendments Act, which allows for warrantless wiretapping. This program enables agencies like the NSA to actively monitor citizens even though they claim that there are limitations to the system’s ability and the number of people it can track simultaneously. We also know that they are trying to change this by creating a supercomputer that will allow for the collection of significantly more data and individuals.
The problem with Ragtime is that even though they claim to be only tracking people that supposedly have connections with Al Qaeda, the power that they wield is far too great and impedes upon the rights of citizens.
While we really don’t like discussing politics on the Bright Side of News* this court decision directly affects the rights and privacy of everyone on the internet. The implications of letting something like the amendments to FISA to continue are simply another erosion of the privacy of the American public that could lead to continued clampdowns on other activities. While certain things within the constitution are always being argued, there is no doubt that the American public values their right to privacy. While some may argue that this right is not directly stated in the constitution, something like the amendments to FISA directly infringe upon the 4th amendment which protects against unreasonable searches and seizures.
The real truth of the matter is that these agencies in the government will take as much power as they are given and are designed to have checks and balances to prevent them from becoming too powerful. If we allow for warrantless wiretapping to occur online, we risk the chance of losing many more of our other rights. We strongly believe in the rights of people to do as they please on the internet and that the internet should not be a heavily regulated or monitored medium without the appropriate warrants.
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