Letter to the Editor
In response to government spying on all our phone calls some people have said to me, “Why do I care? I have nothing to hide. So what if the government is tapping into everything we do?” Obama says, “We’re going to have to make some choices as a society.”
The 4th Amendment of the Constitution says. “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.” Obama is saying that a secret court has determined that all Verizon customers are criminal suspects, including me. That is just plain crazy on its face.
Obama and the member of Congress took an oath that includes, “I do solemnly swear that I will … preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” That oath has now been broken by the President and every member of Congress that supports government by secret courts and secret laws.
So an answer like “I have nothing to hide.”, misses the point. I don’t recall anything in the Constitution that says that you can amend the Constitution by deciding to ignore it. I don’t recall a rule that says that if a Republican president and a Democrat president both break the same law that the law becomes nullified.
What they are doing is declaring that the Constitution itself, the document upon which all laws are founded, is void. Obama and Congress have declared that the rule of law no longer applies in America. Without the rule of law and the Constitution the America we knew no longer exists. It is wrong and it rises to the level of treason against the Constitution.