According to law.cornell.edu, the Fourth Amendment states that “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.” This Amendment was added to the United States constitution, because we believe that it should be a natural right, or one that was given to us by God, that we are able to have privacy within our homes without having to be searched for no reason by the government. In earlier years, this became a serious issue, so in order to ensure our protection from this, we created this Amendment. Recently, people across the United States are feeling that their Fourth Amendment rights are being violated. According to theguardian.com, “the National Security Agency is turning the internet into a total surveillance system.” This group has been viewing every email that either goes internationally or just throughout the United States. Now, as of today, this isn’t illegal as long as you have a warrant, which is where we are beginning to have a problem. The NSA is viewing these emails without a warrant. Originally, they were just viewing the emails going internationally from the United States, but now they are looking into every email that is sent and every phone call that you make. Companies across the United States have to send in any phone call they’ve had with a customer that day or any email they may have sent to a co-worker so that they can be viewed to make sure no threats are being sent. Now, if they don’t find any of the specific things they are searching for in those emails, they usually are just discarded, but for many people they don’t believe they should have to view them at all. People feel their rights are being violated which turns this into a serious issue. In my opinion, I can see the argument go both ways. I believe that the government should have the right to view certain emails or things posted on social media- whether that be federal, state, or local government- but they definitely shouldn’t abuse this power. I think that government officials have the right to know if people are threatening them on social media or if people are not following our constitution the way it was supposed to be, which is where I do support them looking into the posts. But I do believe that they should have a warrant in order to do that. We put directly in our constitution that in order to do searches you need a warrant for a reason. So those rights should be respected. Also, I equally believe that you need to have a probable cause in order to search through the emails and/or posts on social media. Why would you want to search through posts if you didn’t have an actual reason for it? But as long as the government has a warrant and has probable cause for viewing them that should be fine. Also, I don’t think they need to go as far as to view our common everyday emails, but they can view any emails or posts that should bring up concern. Equally this is difficult, because in order to be able to view those posts or emails the draw up concern, you would probably have to go through many of the emails that don’t bring up concern. But I believe that if they absolutely have to search through all of those emails/posts to get to a post that, catching that content would in the long run prevent any harm or danger than I support it. Of course, maybe we don’t want them viewing them for the courtesy of our privacy, but as long as we aren’t saying or posting anything that would bring up concern, it shouldn’t matter as long as they are being discarded.