The Fourth Amendment is on life support

The New York Times recently reported on the expansion by the TSA of passenger screening methods. The screening, which will take place before a passenger even arrives at the airport, will include information from a wide variety of government databases which can include things like tax records and whether or not you make your mortgage payments on time.

Instead of probable cause and a search warrant being required, all passengers are suspect. This is in direct violation of the Fourth Amendment which states that 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.”

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