Right to Privacy
In a short Facebook exchange the other day, the subject of "constitutional right to privacy" came up. I suggested that the constitution provides no explicit right to privacy. But of course, I then actually did some research. It would seem that the 4th amendment does a pretty good job at providing a right to privacy, though it doesn't use that word specifically:
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.
The specific issue that was being addressed is the pat downs (some would say groping) done by the TSA folks. It's clear to me that without probable cause (and I don't think that being randomly selected is that) the pat downs performed at the airport are unconstitutional.
Thoughts from the Ricoteers?