Friday, November 20, 2009
In "Invasion of Privacy or Right of the Government?", a classmates blog, talks about how the United States Government admitted to conducting wiretapping on its' citizens in America. The government was really conducting warrant-less wiretapping to prevent terroristic and dangerous threats, and to listen in on suspicious individuals. But in all reality, conducting wiretapping without a warrant is against the law, and definitely an invasion of our privacy as United States citizens. Warrant-less Wiretapping does not follow the lines of the Fourth Amendment. The Fourth Amendment stats: "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 government should not be allowed the right to do conduct these wiretappings without a warrant. We as citizens are protected from events such as these to occur because of the Fourth Amendment, so why should the government be able to have the right to conduct these wiretappings without a warrant since it is clearly stated unconstitutional?
Friday, November 6, 2009
Thursday afternoon in Fort Hood, Texas (the largest active armored post), Maj Hasan a psychiatrist shot and killed twelve people and wounded thiry-one people. Officials say that Hasan was scheduled to be deployed to Iraq and was pretty upset about it. It's crazy to think that one of our men that are scheduled to go over and fight for our country would take down his own men, right before deployment. Hasan came to Federal Law Enforcement Officials attention six months ago posting suicide bombings and threats on the internet but say that they are still trying to figure out if he was the author of these postings. Hasan used two handguns to take down over forty people. Officials took two other soilders into custody but were released after questioning. " It's difficult enough when we lose these great Americans in battles overseas," Obama said at the Interior department. For this to happen is something that we would never expect or ask for anyone to go through and the fact that our soilders who were just about to fight for us got shot down by one of their own, who has helped many of them at bad times, it's just crazy. I expect and hope that Hasan gets the justice that he deserves.