PRISM not withstanding, the Fourth Amendment is still a part of America’s Constitution. The Neocons found a work around.
Lets again listen to Wikipedia’s description of the Fourth Amendment:
The Fourth Amendment (Amendment IV) is an amendment to the United States Constitution and part of the Bill of Rights. It prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures and requires any warrant to be judicially sanctioned and supported by probable cause. It was adopted in response to the abuse of the writ of assistance, a type of general search warrant issued by the British Government[…]
The neocons tried to get their hands on America’s Constitution via the human birth channel. The neocons said the “fetus is a human being” and should be protected by the Constitution. But that did not work. America’s ombudsmen(voters) did not fall for that. And there is plenty of irony here. While championing Constitutional rights for the unborn fetus, the neocons were impinging on the Constitutional rights of those who were already past the fetus stage.
Now lets itemize the “points of interest” in Wikipedia’s description of the Fourth Amendment:
1. The Fourth Amendment prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures.
2. Any warrant should be judicially sanctioned and supported by probable cause.
From the above two items we could come up with a list that contains four items:
1. unreasonable searches
3. judicially sanctioned
4. probable cause
Now suppose you were the President of the United States of America. And suppose you really had a goal of spying on 200,000,000 Americans. And suppose you avoided item number 3 during your first attempt – got caught – and had some explaining to do. Now how do you approach your second attempt at spying on Americans against the wishes of the Fourth Amendment of America’s Constitution?
One item in the list contains human beings. That is item number 3. The other items are more like concepts and those are to be avoided. Human beings come in many different religious and political flavors. The neocon political flavor might be of value in a work-around to America’s Fourth Amendment to its Constitution. So, the Achilles’ heel of that list may be item number 3. Listen to this:
Roberts’s Picks Reshaping Secret Surveillance Court
Published: July 25, 2013 481 Comments
WASHINGTON — The recent leaks about government spying programs have focused attention on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and its role in deciding how intrusive the government can be in the name of national security. Less mentioned has been the person who has been quietly reshaping the secret court: Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.[…]
So, all the neocons did was fix item number 3. And America’s government seems to think that is enough of the Fourth Amendment to judge Mr. Snowden harshly. Ex-President Bush, like Ex-Vice President Cheney, came out of retirement to protect their legacies and in the case of Mr. Bush to TELL AMERICA it was Mr. Snowden who was the bad guy.
But the rest of the world looked at ALL of the items of the list and came away with a different judgment than the neocons.
Ignore unreasonable searches. Ignore the seizures of all that mass data about the world. Ignore probable cause. And then the finger points away from Ex-President Bush’s PRISM and toward Mr. Snowden. UNDERSTAND??
Where there’s a will there is a way?
[ Terrorists attacks America’s people and buildings. Neocons attack America’s Fabric. America’s Constitution is the heart of America’s Fabric. America’s Fourth Amendment to its Constitution is “still in the books” but it has been made impotent by the neocons’ PRISM work- around. ]
[President Bush(George W.) stole our privacy. Mr. Snowden revealed that theft. And some American politicians, more than one, found fault only with Mr. Snowden. So, the suggestion seems to be: hide your Constitutional thefts under America's security laws and someone, other the right one, will suffer the consequences. It has worked twice for ex-President George W. Bush ]