The fourth ammendment: “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.”
Just went out the window in Tennessee. The VIPR program, the Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response program just got kick-started by the TSA working with the state of Tennessee, which has a Tennesse chapter of the Department of Safety & Homeland Security with it’s own Commisioner (commisar?) Bill Gibbons. Operating on the premise that terrorists are no longer trying to get on an airline, or perhaps that the TSA has not actually EVER interdicted a terrorist atttack on an airline, they have decided to take it to the streets.
More specifically to the highways of Tennessee, where gendarmes in flak jackets and with automatic weapons are doing random checks on Americans at roving checkpoints on the highways, and without any known or specific threat.
And definitely without a warrant. Because Presbo doesn’t “have time to go through an increasingly inefectual Congress”. Plus if it was legislated, then it would be quickly thrown out as unconstitutional.
The Constitution was a sticking point in the Constitutional Convention. The states were not going to even ratify the original Constitution. Not about to give all of that power, those 17 enumerated duties that it does give, to a central authority, even a federel one, lest it become like the monarchy that they had just finished a bloody revolution to extricate themselves from. So Madison and Jefferson asked that the states propose their own ammendments to the Constitution. They proposed 189 of them. To protect the rights of their citizens. And much long negotiation and discussion and modification went on to streamline and focus and narrow down and to get to the core principles that needed to be protected. And after weeks of this, they were able to culminate in 10 amendments. And that was what the states were finally able to agree on and ratify. Ten sacred additions to our Constitution, our Bill of Rights. Rights of the citizens of the states that could never be trampled or ignored by the central government.