Thursday, April 03, 2008

I wonder if Amendment Three still applies?

via TalkingPointsMemo
We should probably get an email each time an article in the Bill of Rights is canceled.
"Our office recently concluded that the Fourth Amendment had no application to domestic military operations," the footnote states, referring to a document titled "Authority for Use of Military Force to Combat Terrorist Activities Within the United States."
The October memo was written just days before Bush administration officials, including Vice President Dick Cheney, briefed four House and Senate leaders on the NSA's secret wiretapping program for the first time.
Suzanne Spaulding, a national security law expert and former assistant general counsel at the Central Intelligence Agency, said she found the Fourth Amendment reference in the footnote troubling, but added: "To know (the Justice Department) no longer thinks this is a legitimate statement is reassuring."

So... the Fourth Amendment -- the unreasonable search and seizure one -- was held by the Bush Administration, at least for a time, as not applying in war time. Clearly, the founding fathers had no idea that the government might want to execute domestic military operations. Which suggests you might want to leave a spare room. Remember the Third Amendment? It's probably why you know the word 'billeting.'
No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
Really, tell me when the Army starts demanding you house it.

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