|Sen. Frank Church (D-Idaho; 1957 to 1981)|
- When the Fourth Amendment Still Mattered
"The National Security Agency's] capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything: telephone conversations, telegrams, it doesn’t matter. There would be no place to hide. [If a dictator ever took over, the N.S.A.] could enable it to impose total tyranny, and there would be no way to fight back."
was issued by one of the most admired and influential politicians among American liberals in the last several decades: Frank Church of Idaho, the four-term U.S. Senator who served from 1957 to 1981.
UNITED STATES v. UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT, 407 U.S. 297 (1972)). One wonders if today's Supreme Court would vote to protect Fourth Amendment freedoms as did its predecessor of forty years ago. We live in different times than we did during Nixon; and Bush and Obama are worse in some important civil liberties respects. - mal contends