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View Diary: Senate Gives in on Wiretapping. 16 Dems Go Along. (789 comments)

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  •  We have an answer to the question (8+ / 0-)

    Subtler and more far-reaching means of invading privacy have become available to the government ... The progress of science in furnishing the government with means of espionage is not likely to stop with wiretapping. Ways may some day be developed by which the Government, without removing papers from secret drawers, can reproduce them in court, and by which it will be enabled to expose to a jury the most intimate occurrences of the home ... Can it be that the Constitution affords no protection against such invasions of individual security?

    The answer is "No".  The Constitution has afforded us no protection against such invasions of individual liberties.  The question, for all it's worth now, was asked by Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis in 1928.  His was a dissenting opinion in an early wiretapping case.

    Game time.  If we started down that slippery slope 80 years ago I don't see how anyone can say we haven't reached the bottom.  It's betrayal, pure and simple, by our elected officials.

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