- - Monday, June 8, 2015

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Radical Islam is forcing the United States into succumbing to the threat of terrorism. In the interest of national security (or so says the Congress and the Obama administration), the telephone companies will be holding mass-collected telephone data from you and me pursuant to the U.S. Freedom Act.

The government will be required to show probable cause and obtain a warrant on an individualized basis in order to access that data. But is that still a violation of Fourth Amendment rights? I maintain that it is. Merely gathering that data about individual citizens with the potential for government to access it is troublesome and problematic, and it violates the Constitution, which first requires probable cause and the issuance of a warrant before any private data is acquired. When considered in-context, this constitutes an illegal search and seizure.

Also disturbing is the fact that the government, supposedly in the interest of protecting privacy, will not spy on possible terrorists by infiltrating domestic mosques and the Muslim community in order to identify anti-American, hostile acts and plots being hatched to attack our homeland. Why are the all-American people expected to sacrifice their sacred rights while the Muslim community, from which terrorism has traditionally arisen, is immune to detection activities by state, local and federal intelligence agents? There is clearly an uneven deck here.

BOB JACK

North Las Vegas, Nev.

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