The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution states:
“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.”
Like the rest of the Constitution and Bill of Rights, our governments, local, state and federal have been making it a habit to disregard the Fourth Amendment rights of American citizens. Not only does the NSA spying violate the Fourth Amendment, but so does the incidents of law enforcement entering and searching private homes without warrant or probable cause or without announcing their presence before entering.
Case in point is what happened to John Gerald Quinn of Texas. The police had obtained information that suggested that Quinn’s son was involved with illegal drugs. They followed the law in obtaining a search warrant for Quinn’s home. When the SWAT team arrived, they did not knock on the door or announce their presence when they forcibly burst through the door to conduct their search. Against normal police protocol, they executed a no-knock raid on the home.
The reason police gave for the no-knock raid was that they suspected that there might have been an AK-47 in the house. Quinn believes that the police violated his Fourth Amendment rights by executing the no-knock raid based solely on suspicion that there was a gun in the house.