However, you (and I) have already thrown the Fourth amendment into a shredder, and it's not all the fault of hiz former honor, George Bush. Mostly, probably, but not all. The fact is we're blithely giving our privacy away for free, thanks to technological discoveries we neither understand nor control, including that most insidious of parasitical inventions, the Internet.
It's bad enough that American Express won't issue me a card unless I reveal the most intimate details of my life such as, how much do you owe your local bookie, why haven't you weeded your garden since the beginning of Spring, how often do you and your wife — well, you get the idea. And I give them the information because I want their damn card.
Conservatives hate the Fourth amendment even though they claim to prize privacy. Let the police go where they will. If you're innocent, you've nothing to fear. (At least, I think that's what conservatives believe. Cogito ergo veritas, which means, roughly, "if that's what I think, it's good enough for me to believe.")
Liberals say they love the Fourth amendment but have done nothing to protect it. Perhaps they share the same naive faith in government as the conservatives: If I've done nothing wrong, I've nothing to fear. Or, perhaps they're too busy with more important issues, such as saving the earth, programming their children to be perfect little adults, and protecting inter-species marriage.
Where, when, and how did we get so screwed up?
I love the expression, "off the grid." It's too late for me. My carcass has been spread all over the grid like warm butter on hot toast. I've sunk into grid crevasses so deep it'd take a blow torch to clean me out. And that'd hurt — a lot, which is not a good thing.
Gadfry Daniels, I even use my own name on the Internet. What a putz!
And it doesn't look as if Ol' Jug Ears is wrapping himself up in the privacy banner, at least based on how he's dealing with the trials (and tribulations) of maybe terrorists being held in Cuba.