THE 4TH AMENDMENT
“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.”
It’s time to rethink this very sacred part of the Bill of Rights. The discussion that follows is by no means a doing of the 4th Amendment, rather it is a reasoning to temporarily abridge for certain offenses.
Referring to the 25-year spate of terrorist attacks on US soil, Europe, and many other countries, we are at war with the Islamic terrorists who commit Jihad on thousands of innocent victims.
The lone wolf cannot be stopped, at least not with current 4th Amendment rights remaining as they are. While ISIS has failed in its quest for a Califate, the ideology remains in many scattered places in the Muslim world.
REMOVE THE HANDCUFFS FROM THE FBI AND LAW ENFORCEMENT! TREAT THE TERRORIST AS A WAR CRIMINAL.
It has become increasingly obvious that terrorists use the internet to communicate their plans. While many of their emails are encrypted, social media is a format they use for advance bragging, recognition and discussions surrounding their future heinous acts.
The FBI, CIA, Justice Department, and law enforcement need a free reign to investigate cell phones, contacts, the internet, social media. and computers. With unfettered access, many of the terrorists’ plots can be thwarted. They will learn much from keyword searches which will lead to arrests before the terrorist acts. Same for immigration procedures. The immigrant must submit his cell phone and personal computer for inspection.
Suspicion will replace probable cause and permit a much more lenient standard leading to arrest.
If the terrorist knows his family will be arrested and their assets seized, he may think long and hard before giving up his life and making his family’s existence one of legal battles and jail time.
A proviso that allows seizure of the family’s assets should become part of a newly empowered Search and Seizure Act. Certainly, the families of potential terrorists will be more vigilant of their itinerant sons and turn them into authorities to protect their own skin.