It's time for PGP to die.

James Platt james.platt at
Tue Aug 19 17:10:53 CEST 2014

On Aug 18, 2014, at 3:21 PM, Robert J. Hansen <rjh at> wrote:

>> At least for US persons, iirc the protection doesn't extend beyond
>> that?
> No, the Fourth Amendment protects all people within U.S. borders
> equally.  Americans get no special protections over visitors to the country.

The Fourteenth Amendment makes this clear.  It was added to The Constitution after the American Civil War because southerners who were opposing reconstruction claimed that the former slaves did not have constitutional rights because they were not citizens.  To be more precise, constitutional rights apply to “…all persons within the jurisdiction of the United States.”   In a more recent event, the Supreme Court ruled that Guantanamo Bay is in the jurisdiction of the United States and, therefore, the detainees moved there gained the protection of The Constitution.

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