THE 4TH OF JULY AND THE 4TH AMENDMENT

By Matthew Cooke

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated…” That’s the 4th Amendment in our bill of rights.

During the Colonial era, the King of England looked at the American colonies as a financial investment. And so, Britain passed numerous revenue collection bills aimed at generating as much money from the colonists as possible. So those who got desperate started smuggling in an underground black market to make the money that they needed to live. Sound familiar? So the king created more laws to allow his agents to enter someone’s property or home and forcibly interrogate any occupant to find out what sort of goods and licenses they were carrying, to find excuses for further taxes and levies. These searches and seizures were an egregious offense to the people of the colonies.

And in 1761, the famous lawyer James Otis who founding father John Adams called a “master of the laws of nature and nations,” referred to the legal regulations justifying these intrusions “the worst instrument of arbitrary power, the most destructive of liberty and the fundamental principles of law, that ever was found in a lawbook.” These “legal” violations of liberty became one of the major colonial grievances that lead to the revolutionary war and our independence which we now celebrate every 4th of July.

And so in our bill of rights we have the 4th Amendment: “The right of the people to be secure… against unreasonable searches and seizures.” And yet today, when one investigates these very same instrument of arbitrary power everywhere. And that’s what this video sets out to showcase.

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  • Patrick H.

    Because we fear our neighbors. So we hire our socopathic neighbors who we trust for some stupid reason.

  • Leon Bonta

    hes got a point ,being on paid leave after a shooting,

  • Vincenzo Ferretti

    Total horse shit! No one’s 4th amendment rights have been violated. Any such violation would result in the case being tossed out in court. Really folks. Blatant bullshit on the 4th of July? Don’t rely on Pinocchio websites for your information. You commit a disservice to yourselves and others. Happy 4th! LOL

    • Chris Wilson

      That has to be the dumbest thing ive heard all day.

      • Vincenzo Ferretti

        Sorry you don’t understand our legal system. I’m not a lawyer but I do play one on TV.

    • There are 2.2 Million Americans in jails — the USA has the largest prison population in the history of the world. It is a 55 billion dollar industry and includes burgeoning private prison industry that doesn’t even hide the fact that it runs purely for profit. Making laws to create profits for the state was EXACTLY what the 4th amendment was about. That the courts have slowly “legalized” that is as moral as legalizing slavery, segregation or the the taking of land from the natives.

      The Dept of Justice admits the state prison system has a nearly 80% failure rate (meaning nearly 80% return with 5 years) so the “justice system” does not in any way exist to actually improve the well being or safety of society. Those are facts.

      Make no mistake, and ignore the jingoistic heads-in-the-sand (most likely they have an agenda to peddle… most of bill of rights have been compromised to say the least. And the 4th is one that is violated every single day for a 100 years in the war on drugs, traffic violations, court fees etc.

      • Vincenzo Ferretti

        2.2 million more and we’re on our way to a better quality of life for all.

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    • Yes because human beings who wear robes never makes mistakes. You must be right. I recommend reading Howard Zinn’s People’s History of the United States. You can download it for free as an audio book here: http://amzn.to/1SIOyRK

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    Knowledge is power. And helpful power at that.