The Fourth Amendment reads as follows:
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.
To me this seems pretty straight forward – the government cannot search your person, house, papers, or other property unless there is a warrant issued. In this warrant a specific scope will be given to include what can be searched and what can be seized… permitting that a probable cause can be given under Oath or affirmation to the people who can lawfully issue a warrant.
So how is it that we now have a government that allows drones come and search us as we move about our daily lives? If you truly think that anyone is up to no good then obtaining a lawful warrant should not be difficult.
Here in Arizona we are trying to pass a bill – HB2574 – that would require a warrant to be issued before any government agency can use a drone to spy or search any citizen. It must first pass Committee so that it can be put on the floor for debate and a subsequent vote. However, Thomas Forese and Justin Pierce are both balking at this bill to keep it off the floor.
If you believe that the government should be required to obtain a warrant to search our life happenings, by drone or by person, then please consider contacting these politicians and telling them to allow it on the floor to be voted on.
Below is a copy of my short and sweet email – please feel free to use it and edit it as you see fit.
Dear Mr Forese:
As a law-abiding citizen and a precinct comitteman (LD17) I beleive that we should be afforded the right to privacy and the law. If any citizen is believed to be involved in wrong-doing then the proper procedure has long been to obtain a warrant in a lawful court and carry out any surveilence, searching, or seizures that are needed to protect the safety of our community. If a valid threat is brough forth in this procedure then a warrant should not be difficult to obtain. I am kindly asking you to use your elected position and as a family-man yourself to allow Arizona HB 2574 entitled “Citizens Protection From Unwarranted Surveillance Act” to be brought to the floor to be properly debated and voted upon.