This should be an important case in US Civil Liberties. It concerns the legality of mass seizure/collection of information without a particular warrant being in operation. i.e. Should the state be allowed under the US Constitution to collect information en masse, under a general warrant. Can any US government security/intelligence/law enforcement agency collect/seize any information or thing it likes under the 4th Amendment?. Or should it have the legal right to only collect/seize information against a particular person or property belonging to that person, by naming it and the criminal reason for it in a warrant which is granted by a court or judge?
The US Constitution 4th Amendment was created by the founding fathers to answer the case of general warrants, warrants of assistance which were used by the Britiish authorities to search and seize the papers of political dissidents before independence. Yes...it's true, the US establishment, Washington, Adams, were once considered as a bunch of dissidents, political malcontents and terrorists, by the British establishment, but they became recognised as respectable when they gained political, legal and sovereign independence. Biggest mistake us Brits ever made...in my opinion...:-) . See where the world is now...