Why Does the 4th Amendment Matter?

01 the-constitution

  • Amendment IV

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.

The Fourth Amendment is one of the most significant of all. This one protects us from the police, government agencies, and the military from storming into our house and seizing our assets and property without some kind of due process.

Policemen are using military tactics increasingly in an attempt to curb crime. While it is debatable whether this is a good thing or not, we should keep a watchful eye as law abiding citizens and exercise our right not to be searched or have our property seized without a warrant or probable cause.

As the eye of big government gets bigger and bigger, we, as American citizens, should never surrender our right to have the government go through due process and find probable cause to go against us. As one victim of government bureaucracy said, ā€œIā€™m either going home or going to jail.ā€

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