spyThis afternoon I had an interesting conversation with some friends about the wiretapping that the Bush administration does. It seems that a lot of people in my generation expect that nothing is private any more and a lot of Americans who are 20+ years older than we are horrified at the idea that the government or corporations can see what is on their computer.

Because we are minors, our parents or guardians have always been able to look at our posessions, and our school administrators have the right to search our backpacks and lockers. So we have never really felt the kind of right that the constitution guarantees us in the Bill of Rights.

Here is what it says:

Amendment IV 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.

computer spySo adult citizens, at least as long as they have been adults, have expected that the government will not search any of their things or papers unless a judge says that there is probable cause for a warrant. The problem is that the Bush administration is saying that if THEY decide that you are the enemy, then they can cancel your constitutional rights. Now we teenagers haven’t expected that our stuff is REALLY private at school or in our family’s houses, but we all expected that it WOULD be after we get our own homes. And that is wrong. It won’t help them catch terrorists but it will erase part of the America we were promised.