The 4th Amendment of the Constitution is for the Protection Against Search and Seizure and reads as follows: "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." (emphasis is mine)
In the words of Edward Snowden, the recent NSA whistleblower: "the government grants themselves these powers...." He means that the Obama administration has decided that in searching all Internet emails, documents, videos, photographs, and content and seizing millions of American citizen's phone records the government has torched the 4th amendment and granted itself the power to ignore the Constitution and do whatever it wants. This Constitution is the very one that when the President took the oath of office he swore before God and all the nation he would to the best of his ability "preserve, protect, and defend." Obviously Obama decided to ignore that promise and search and seize papers and effects without a warrant and without probable cause.
Mr. Obama said for us not to worry because he and his people examined these ongoing violations of our freedoms and cleaned them up and then left the cleaned up versions in place. He said that "to protect us" they have to search all our electronic actions and personal papers and private phone calls. Really? Their spying on Americans didn't do one thing to stop the Boston bombing so the program is not even doing what he claims it is supposed to do.
What happened to the 4th Amendment? Where is the outrage of the citizens of our country? Our president and his administration have made it clear that the Constitution is NOT important and that he can use whatever means he wants to achieve his ends. Remember Machiavelli? "The ends justify the means." This philosophy has been used by tyrants, despots, and dictators throughout history. God help us. Contact your representatives and senators and express your outrage over the VIOLATION of our Constitution and our RIGHTS to be safe from this type of intrusion into our own homes. Impress upon them the need to demand that these violations cease. The government of a free people does NOT spy on its citizens.