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America was originally founded on the backs of courageous men that believed in equality, not just (eventual) equality between the races and the sexes, but also equality between the United States government and the American people. “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” (1). A statement that many U.S. citizens regard as being one of the most important clauses in the constitution. The Fourth Amendment was put into place by America’s most important founding fathers in the hopes that past, present, and future Americans will be able to reap the benefits of living in a country free from the shadow of oppression that many governments at the time were casting onto their people. Unfortunately, however, there was one thing that this country’s founding fathers weren’t prepared for; twenty-first century technology. The use of computers, drones, and surveillance systems as a whole was a concept that no one in the 1700’s could have ever imagined. They could never have predicted the state-of-the-art ways that the U.S. government has used technology throughout America. Not only to spy on innocent Americans, but also to gather intelligence on other countries, often breaching international contracts. This flagrant misuse of technology all in the name of “safety” is a breach on American values, moralities, and ethics. Unfortunately, the American government is not the only ones to conduct illegal gathering of information. Many schools throughout the U.S have been privy to information that should not have been taken, regardless of the school’s claims of “safety” and “protection.” The excuse of “assurance” and “security” have brought many schools, and the government, to not only bypass the constitution’s claims of freedom and individual rights, but they have systematically ignored this vital piece in making sure the United States and it’s citizen’s way of life, stay intact for generations to come. Now, understand, Americans love America! This is their home, their beacon of hope, their inspiration! But all of this secrecy brought upon by our government has had many citizens questioning whether the U.S. government’s motives in all of this are simply for the safety of it’s citizens, or do they dive much, much more deeper than anyone could ever imagine. Is acquiring all of this illegal information for safety, or for other, more darker purposes. Whatever the case, in 2005 it was proven that not only was the U.S. government the only perpetrator in this long list of abuse of power, but there were also many wireless network companies, like AT&T, that were at fault for most of the obtaining of illegal information. Often using wiretaps, e-mails, and internet traffic to obtain material that they could not previously gain from any legal stand point. In early 2006, evidence from former AT&T technician Mark Klein showing that AT&T is cooperating with illegal surveillance. The undisputed documents show that AT&T installed a fiber optic splitter at its facility at 611 Folsom Street in San Francisco that makes copies of all emails web browsing and other Internet traffic to and from AT&T customers and provides those copies to the NSA. This copying includes both domestic and international Internet activities of AT&T customers (2). As one expert observed, “this isn’t a wiretap, it’s a country-tap” (2). This is just one of the many, many example of illegal search and seizure of so-called “evidence.” Yes, while the U.S. government sometimes receives vital information that protects out country, ultimately, most of the information gathered is of innocent citizens.