Can the government make your library turn over a list of books you've checked out and websites you've visited? Can FBI agents search your home without telling you they've been there? Under normal circumstances, the answer is a resounding no. In today's world, constitutional guarantees are not so firm.
Howard Ball is professor of law at Vermont Law School, South Royalton, VT, and professor of political science and University Scholar Emeritus at the University of Vermont, Burlington, VT. His more than two dozen published works include ABC-CLIO's U.S. Homeland Security and War Crimes and Justice.
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