On July 4, 1776 the Declaration of Independence was signed and The United States of America declared itself a separate and independent nation. On June 21, 1788 the United States Constitution was made official, replacing the Articles of Confederation. Since its ratification, the Constitution has been amended several times in order to better apply to current times and situations the Founding Fathers could not have predicted. Despite all the changes the Constitution has gone through, its core principles remain.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures shall not be violated… We all know the fourth amendment. It's the amendment that guarantees our safety within our homes and our personal belongings. Yet, how much do you know about the fourth amendment? The fourth amendment is full of history, controversy, and discussion, even in modern day.
In the case of Riley V. California, Mr. Riley was stopped on a traffic violation, which led to his arrest on weapons charges. The officer searching Riley’s incident to arrest seized a cell phone form Riley’s possession. There was information on the phone and repeated use of a term associated with a street gang. Hours later a gang detective examined the phone’s digital contents and based in part on photographs and videos found, the State charged Riley in connection with a shooting that occurred a few weeks earlier. They sought an enhanced sentence based on Riley’s gang membership. He was ultimately charged with connection to an earlier shooting, firing at an occupied vehicle, assault with a semiautomatic firearm, and attempted murder. Riley
The Fourth Amendment to the United States Consitution is the part of the Bill of Rights that prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures and requires any warrant be judicially sanctioned and supported by probable cause. The common misconception is that it simply covers what it states. In the age of development and new technology, it is likely that what we consider secrets or personal information is not as secret or personal as we once believed. Important pieces of evidence or information have often been found through illegal means, and this has led to many cases that change the way the constitution and the Fourth Amendment affect
Would you like your home to be searched in the middle of the night and have all of your stuff thrown on the ground just because a police officer may think that you have been doing something illegal? Luckily your Fourth amendment right protects you from this ever happening. The purpose of the Fourth Amendment is to protect U.S. citizens from unreasonable searches and seizures by the government. During the revolutionary war the British had imposed the writs of assistance which was a law that gave British government much more power over American Individuals. Americans were very unhappy with the writs of assistance because many would be thrown in jail without reason or a very weak one and their property would be destroyed by British officials who
"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 4th amendment was made based on the Founding Fathers experience with the Kings agents and the all purpose rit of assistances that they used abusively. Without the 4th amendment, we would be at the will of the police because they could come into our household, search anything and take whatever they want.
Your rights might not be protected as you think. Specifically, the 4th Amendment has been failing its promises to the country and its citizens. The 4th Amendment protects citizens from illegal searches, but is frequently violated by the police, FBI, CIA, etc. It’s hard to imagine law enforcers to break the law, but it is very possible and has ruined the lives of two people.
On December 15, 1791 the amendments were added on to the declaration and are meant to be followed as a part of human rights but are they really being followed. After the continental convention the us constitution was made, but it had a few flaws everyone knew it, but didn't expect it to stay together for as long as it has. Sadly though we are losing our amendment bit by bit, we can see it everyday the bill of rights is being broken with new laws and oppression happening everyday.
Since its initiation, we only know about one instance in which the NSA stopped has stopped an act of terrorism. That’s not to say that it has only stopped one terrorist organization but this is the only on we know about, but for the amount of money (exact amount is classified, but is estimated to be about $10 billion a year) that is being spent on the NSA more should have been done by now. For example, many school shooters have posted on social media either pictures of themselves armed to the teeth or actual threats against their school. The NSA is supposed to monitor social media, phone records, etc. so why aren’t they catching these school shooters? Couldn’t they be considered terrorists just as much as the people the NSA have caught already?
The Fourth Amendment states: “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 Constitution of the United States," Amendment 4). As a Supreme Court
Cellphones are everywhere, with everyone at all time that it has become a danger to our privacy. During the last decade, technology has been evolving at a speedy rate. As predicted by George Orwell the parallel elements between his novel and our present day are significant. We have similar technology, similar tracking, similar invasion of privacy, and similar over reaches. The present has become an updated version of George Orwell’s 1984 novel.
Attention all citizens! The government is watching your every single move. They know all your passwords, emails, and phone numbers. Your privacy is being invaded! Destroy every piece of technology you own and stand up against those attempting to dictate our lives! The U.S. government is invading the privacy of its’ citizens through the use of mobile devices such as phones and laptops. This use of privacy invasion is similar to the technology used in George Orwell’s novel 1984. What makes today relate to 1984 is how the government tracks us through location, voice, and messaging.
Have you ever felt that someone is watching everything you do when you are using your digital device? The National Security Agency is an organization where they get to see every single thing you do on social media. Nineteen Eighty-Four is a political book where George Orwell expresses his thoughts on today’s society. George Orwell wrote his novel in nineteen forty-nine and politically predicted how society would be decades in the future. Orwell was accurate in making these predictions, which were effective because the novel’s predictions were right. People get monitored twenty-four seven, the past is the same as today’s society, and the government sees people’s thoughts.
The technology have been developing ever since humans were created. Recently, Google have released Project Glass to invent wearable technology, commonly known as the Google Glass. “Google Glass is a wearable computer developed by Google…The best line to describe Glass is “There when you need it. Out of the way when you don’t.” Glass is designed to complement a smartwatch, smartphone, tablet, or computer.” (Tang, 2014). Google Glass contains number of benefits and shortcomings and the same time. These wearable technology may provide convenient life, but at the same time, it may put people’s privacy at stake.