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    Superskepticalman, greengemini

    I have been out of school too long and forgotten all my history lessons.

    Thankfully, we have people like you on DKos to remind us.

    And we still have some representatives in Congress carrying the torch:

    “The problem, of course, is if you let government officials search any house that they want, they’re going to search through the houses of a lot of people who haven’t broken any laws,” Wyden said. But, he noted, “The colonists said it’s just not okay to go around invading people’s privacy unless you’ve got some specific evidence that they’d done something wrong,” and “The fact that English officials went around invading people’s privacy without any evidence against them was one of the fundamental complaints the American colonists had against the British government” prior to the Revolutionary War.
    source: Sen. Wyden: FISA’s ‘general warrants’ are like the ‘Writs of Assistance’ the founding fathers despised

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