One of the bedrocks of American society, the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution, is having a tough time to start June. But at least the debate over its very existence is getting a lot of publicity.
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Jeffrey Rosen, the CEO of the National Constitution Center and the legal affairs editor of The New Republic, says President Obama should explain the reasoning behind collecting telephone call data for millions of Americans.
The Obama administration is defending on Thursday an apparent secret court order that allows it access to the basic phone call information of many Americans, in an issue that raises important constitutional questions about the scope of government surveillance of private citizens.
Contributor Amy Feldman looks at the long-term implications of the Supreme Court’s decision to allow police to take DNA samples from suspects.
Lyle Denniston looks at the unanswered questions from the Supreme Court’s ruling on DNA swabbing of criminal suspects, including limits on what the police can do and which people can see the results.