Another portion of the Bill of Rights that has been under government assault for many, many, years is the Fifth Amendment. We generally understand that the Fifth Amendment protects our rights in court proceedings. But it also protects our property from government. Or rather it's supposed to protect our property from government.
Is the content of your emails private? It's not a question regarding the strength of your email account's password. Instead, we're referring to a bill moving through congress">Congress that would update the nation's email privacy laws. Right now, critics charge the protections are flimsy and must be strengthened.
Conservatives have traditionally been supportive of law enforcement. That's been a little harder to do in recent years, as it appears as though law enforcement has become a threat to, rather than a protector of, our liberties. How has this happened?
We've written a great deal about goverment's intrusions upon, and violations of, the protections and guarantees in the Bill of Rights. As battered as some of these Amendments are today, they still stand as a bulwark against unbridled government power. But could the Bill of Rights be enacted today? Charles C.W. Cooke says "no":