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More Essential than Ever: The Fourth Amendment in the Twenty First Century

Stephen J. Schulhofer


When the states ratified the Bill of Rights in the eighteenth century, the Fourth Amendment seemed straightforward. It requires that government respect the right of citizens to be “secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures”. Of course, “papers and effects” are now digital and thus more vulnerable to government spying. But the biggest threat may be our own weakening resolve to preserve our privacy. This book argues that the Fourth Amendment remains more essential than ever. From data-mining to airport body scans, drug testing and aggressive ... More

Keywords: Bill of Rights, Fourth Amendment, government surveillance, privacy, freedom, racial profiling, electronic surveillance, national security, public safety, liberty

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780195392128
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195392128.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen J. Schulhofer, author
Professor of Law, New York University School of Law, New York, NY