The Fourth Amendment and Electronic Surveillance


This an area the judicial branch will be wrestling with greater intensity in the coming years. Talk to Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and he will tell that it is possible to build new political coalitions by championing the Fourth Amendment. He’s right, but his rivals within the Republican Party – think Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey – will emphasize the need for national security and legitimate counter-terrorism. Here is statement from Sen. Paul on the recent court ruling:

“I commend U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon for upholding and protecting our Fourth Amendment rights. This decision represents an important first step in having the constitutionality of government surveillance programs decided in the regular court system rather than a secret court where only one side is presented,” Sen. Paul said.

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