Mr. Randy Dannemann (Letters, July 10) and I have a completely different, irreconcilable view of government, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. As he says, "Regrettably the world of today is not the same world the creators of the Constitution and Bill of Rights experienced." Mr Dannemann suggests that the situation is so dire that the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, especially the Fourth Amendment, must be suspended. As stated, I took an oath, as have many others, not to Obama and his corrupt administration but to protect and defend the Constitution I love against all enemies foreign and domestic.
Mr. Dannemann states, "Perhaps Mr. Mason has something to hide from our government" and I would add to "hide" from Mr. Dannemann. Yes I'm guilty as charged. I value my privacy as guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment. If Mr. Dannemann or the U.S. government wants to know what I'm hiding, the Constitution is clear:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
All he has to do is convince a judge of "probable cause" and describe the "place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized." Fishing expeditions are not allowed. He obviously feels that the emergency is so dire as to run roughshod over particularly the Fourth Amendment. The founders provided a way to abolish the Fourth Amendment — all he has to do is get two-thirds of both houses of Congress and three-fourths of the states to vote for it and then he can have the tyrannical police state he seems to feel is needed and that I so vehemently object to. Barring that, the Fourth Amendment is, thank God, still in place and is a barrier to the police state Mr. Dannemann seems to think we need.
Regarding Snowden, I agree with Ron Paul: "My understanding is that espionage means giving secret or classified information to the enemy. Since Snowden shared information with the American people, his indictment for espionage could reveal (or confirm) that the U.S. government views you and me as the enemy."
And Jay Leno: "We wanted a president who listens to all Americans. Now we have one."