The 4th Amendment protects the right of the people to be secure in their persons

The 4th Amendment protects “the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable searches as seizures” without a warrant, to be issued upon a showing of “probable cuase.” It has been reported over the past several months years that the National Security Administration is collecting the “metadata” on Americans’ cell phone usage, including the “‘originating and terminating number’, the duration of each call, telephone calling card numbers, trunk identifiers, International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI) number, and ‘comprehensive communication routing information’.” (This quote is from “NSA collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers daily,”http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jun/06/nsa-phone-records-verizon-court-order, which is part of the reading for this Module.) Do you believe that the collection of cell phone “metadata” is in conflict with the protections offered by the 4th Amendment? Why or why not?“NSA collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers daily,” The Guardian, June 5, 2013http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jun/06/nsa-phone-records-verizon-court-orderHow does Glenn Greenwald (author of one of the module articles) view the issue of the government’s domestic surveillance?Glenn Greenwald, “Obama’s NSA ‘reforms’ are little more than a PR attempt to mollify the public”http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jan/17/obama-nsa-reforms-bulk-surveillance-remains

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