Last night privacy won. Representative Eric Cantor, an enemy of personal privacy, lost to insurgent candidate Dave Brat in a Virginia Republican primary. Over 200 years ago the constitution’s fourth amendment was designed to protect the private aspects of an individual’s life from needless searches by the government –
“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…”
Eric Cantor, like many members of congress, has chosen to ignore the fourth amendment’s clarity, and has subsequently balked at ending entirely the government’s present practice of using high-tech surveillance to electronically search United States citizens without a warrant. However, Dave Brat “supports the end of bulk phone and email data collection by the NSA, IRS, or any other branch of government.” Every privacy advocate, regardless of their party affiliation, should breath a sigh of relief – Eric Cantor and Big Brother lost the battle, privacy won.