harlan logo

Write the Opinion

March 14th, 2013

As a group, we decided that the government has a right to tap into certain international conversations and that the plaintiff has no standing. These days, there is a lot of international and national insecurity about terrorism and other illegal activities, such as the large drug cartels that cause violence in Mexico and have started to have an overflow into the United States.  In the case of terrorism, precaution needs to be taken to prevent certain disasters, such as the attacks on September 11, 2001, from ever happening again.  With the case of the rising power of the drug cartels, they need to be struck down so peace, order, and safety can be restored throughout Mexico and the southern United States.  In doing so, some people will get offended, but if it could possibly save lives then it is a small price to pay.  However, we believe there is a way to go about this that will be a sort of compromise to the two sides.  If the government has evidence, minor or substantial, that illegal activity is being discussed or conducted between two or more individuals, with at least one being foreign, they should not have to obtain a warrant in order to check things out.  However, if the government only has suspicion or a hunch and no evidence that illegal activity could be going on between the said individuals, they should be required to obtain a warrant in order to check things out.  We believe that this is the best way to satisfy both parties.