A nod of the nose to Tom and a serious tip of the pen to Charlie Savage of the New York Times for reporting that FBI agents are about to be unleashed to search through the trash and other belongings of people with no suspicion (much less probable cause to believe) that they have done anything wrong, just in case they might turn out to be big bad terrorists or run-of-the-mill criminals.
That flies in the face of the Fourth Amendment to the 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.
… but then again, a lot of things have been flying in the face of the Fourth Amendment lately. The Fourth Amendment has taken to covering its face with a dish rag to make clean-up easier.
Millions of Americans gave President George W. Bush holy hell for unleashing milder versions of this policy. Where are they now that President Barack Obama is doing worse?