Can the Government provide security from terrorism and protect the individual rights of citizens?
So what does it mean to be searched and does there always have to be probable cause? If the fourth amendment is written to ensure that no government shall impede the rights of a person, then where does the responsibility of the government come into play in keeping people safe and secure?
National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen explains the origins of the Constitution's protections against unreasonable searches and seizures..
Interpretations of the The Fourth Amendment
Common Interpretation of The Fourth AmendmentBy Barry Friedman and Orin Kerr
According to the Fourth Amendment, the people have a right “to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures.” This right limits the power of the police to seize and search people, their property, and their homes.Read more
What the Fourth Amendment Fundamentally RequiresBy Barry Friedman
In the Supreme Court’s decisions interpreting the Fourth Amendment, there are a lot of cross-cutting arguments.Read more
The Future of the Fourth AmendmentBy Orin Kerr
The biggest challenge ahead for the Fourth Amendment is how it should apply to computers and the Internet.Read more