We Don’t Need No Stinking Reliance Interests

In the stinking Fourth Amendment, that is

Which is of course not absolute–like the Fifth, and the Tenth, even the First–because making any one absolute would amount to making the Constitution a suicide pact.

But apologias for the surveillance regime status quo, and in particular the don’t worry be happy assertion that “if you aren’t doing anything wrong you have nothing to worry about,” just do not get the point of the Bill of Rights.

Dick Cheney exuded an attitude of “you don’t need no stinking reliance interest in privacy or due process.” Barack Obama took a different, smoother path–perhaps designed to make it harder to pursue a reliance damage claim on lost privileges and immunities of citizenship.


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