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Ahh..did you feel that? That sweet, albeit short, breeze of freedom which slipped through the cracks of our oppressive regime. It seems that a combination of libertarian conservatives and liberals (who would have thought those two would get together) voted to limit the extreme powers of the Patriot Act. Even though Adolf Bush has said he will veto it, it is refreshing to see that there are people in Congress with common sense and at least a rudimentary grasp of what freedom means. Privacy is part of freedom, hence the Fourth Amendment. Allow me to quote: “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.” Although it isn’t explicit in the Constitution, I feel that personal privacy (not institutional privacy) is a very important foundation in the 4th Amendment.
If you get a chance, do a http://news.google.com search on this story to get multiple points of view. The more information you get, the better you will be.