Protection Against Unlawful Search and Seizures


Amendment IV   (U.S. Constitution)

"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."


Amendment V   (U.S. Constitution)

"No person shall... be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation."


While I understand the importance of the "Patriot Act," the problem with it is the lack of accountability.  Under the Patriot Act, an American Citizen can be "detained" indefinitely with out any formal charges being levied.  All that has to be stated is "We think he/she is associated with terrorism."  Nothing has to be proved.  This is a problem and a complete violation of the 4th and 5th Amendment rights.