Much has already been said and written about the 4th Amendment-smashing PRISM program of the U.S. government. Today, I thought I would add some extra context.
First of all, it's not just the Fourth Amendment which has been violated and debauched, it is now nearly the entire, original 10 amendments to The Constitution. The image below was posted earlier by "Spartacus Rex" and I thought I should include it here. (Note that Amendment #2 is still "unstamped"...but likely not for much longer.)
Again, the Fourth Amendment expressly prohibits invasions of privacy such as PRISM. How this can be argued differently is beyond me. Below is the entire text of Amendment #4.
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.
Now, many will say that The U.S. Constitution is outdated and almost inappropriate for modern day life. To that end, I want you to listen to the recording linked as a podcast at the top of this page.
I was driving yesterday and happened to hear this "live" on the radio. Though I'm sure that some folks will post comments here that Mark Levin is some kind of conservative hack, there can be no doubt that he is a constitutional scholar of the highest order. Regardless of your political persuasion, all of us should be able to agree that the historical background Mark provides is truly relevant to the PRISM controversy. Recognize that what is today called "The Patriot Act" and "PRISM" was once called a "Writ of Assistance" by earlier tyrannies. The Founders of The United States of America ultimately forged a revolution against this injustice and despotism. Having won their freedom, they wrote into their new constitution specific language that was intended to prevent future government intrusion into private affairs. If we, as their descendants, fail to hold accountable those who have usurped this inalienable right, not only will the dream of liberty and freedom be lost but we will have damned ourselves and our posterity to a future of tyranny and oppression.
Thomas Jefferson wrote that the future of democracy was dependent upon an informed and educated public. Should we fail him now, we will prove ourselves to be unworthy heirs. The light of liberty will be extinguished and we will be damned to lives of serfdom and subjugation, with no one to blame but ourselves.