Now that we've all paid our taxes, we can get back to challenging the government on its violations of the Fourth Amendment. According to internal documents obtained by our friends at the American Civil Liberties Union, the Internal Revenue Service believes that you have no privacy in your e-mail, Twitter direct messages, or other online communications that you are foolish enough to believe are private. The 2010 U.S. v. Warshak ruling indicates otherwise, but in response, the IRS issued internal policy updates in 2011 telling its investigators that they "can obtain everything in an account except for unopened e-mail or voice mail stored with a provider for 180 days or less" without a warrant.
You can also expect to be searched without a warrant if you're riding the subway in Boston today. In response to yesterday's bomb attacks at the Boston Marathon, Governor Deval Patrick, a good Democrat who ought to be championing civil liberties in the face of fear, says folks riding the T can expect random searches of backpacks and parcels. You're not doing anything wrong. You're just going to work or school or the store with a backpack for your stuff... and because you had the audacity to step out of your house after someone else committed a crime, the state now assumes the authority to detain you and rummage through your belongings.
Let's drop all the simpering about Agenda 21 and Obama coming to take our guns. The violation of the Fourth Amendment is the clear and present danger our overreaching government poses to every American every day.