When talking with non-lawyers, I am increasingly taken aback by the laissez-faire attitude people have toward the government intercepting our private communications, sometimes referred to as wiretaps. I have come to the conclusion that we have such nonchalant attitudes about this government intrusion because we all take our to our right to privacy for granted. Given the government’s ever-increasing use of wiretaps, no one should assume that their privacy remains intact.
Our right to privacy comes from the Fourth Amendment, which states that people in our country have a right “to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures.” Over the years, we have protected this right to the point that we assume we will never face a time when the government is intruding into our private lives in such ways as listening to our personal telephone conversations.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
From The Tennessean: