The New York Times posts an article about the series of recent court decisions in 4th Amendment cases. It’s not very often I agree with the opinion pages of the Times, but this one is worth reading.
Uncontrolled search and seizure is one of the first and most effective weapons in the arsenal of every arbitrary government. Among deprivations of rights, none is so effective in cowing a population, crushing the spirit of the individual and putting terror in every heart.
–Justice Robert H. Jackson, chief United States prosecutor at the Nuremberg trials