The stories were broken today that the U.S. Federal Government has been data mining not only information from all private phone calls but also user data from all major U.S. internet companies.
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Here is why the U.S. Government has violated the 4th Amendment in mining information from phone calls and back-ending the servers of major internet companies to indiscriminately gather user data: There is no probable cause supported by oath or affirmation.
It works like this – Unless the Attorney General or someone else has testified to a judge the sincere belief that there is probable cause to suspect each and every one of the 312 million U.S. citizens of being individually guilty of committing acts of terrorism – and this would have to include the Attorney General making the oath and the judge issuing a warrant, they would need to have committed acts of terrorism as well – unless this has occurred, the Bill of Rights was violated because the 4th Amendment reads – “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.”
No probable cause and no oath means that this administration has once again trampled on the 4th Amendment that it’s office holders were supposed to have sworn to protect and uphold. Clearly the phone and internet data mining is a violation of the Constitution.