Face it; if the government wants to open your mail to peek inside and see what you’re up to, it’s going to open your mail and peek inside. If it wants to break into your home to rifle through your papers and things, it’s going to do just that, and it has the technology today to do it without you even knowing about it.
If it wants your banking and other financial accounts information it can get it. It can open your safety deposit box if it wants to and you won’t be any the wiser. It can find out what groceries you buy, what items you mail order, and how often you eat pizza. It knows where you go in your car and where you’ve been. It can listen you your telephone calls in real time and record the information as it pleases. It can bug your bedroom; scan your computer; pick through your trash.
The Fourth Amendment is a relic of the past. You are no longer secure in your papers and things from government intrusion. No warrant is necessary. All is accomplished in secret and there is nothing you can do about it. Your life is an open book. And now even the private sector is actively cooperating with the government to deprive you of your privacy.
Did you know that Yahoo, Inc., in cooperation with your government has secretly come up with a custom software program to search all of its customers' incoming emails for specific information desired by U.S. intelligence officials? The government simply demanded the program and Yahoo gladly provided it. It scans hundreds of millions of Yahoo Mail accounts at the behest of the National Security Agency and FBI. Again, no warrant is necessary. It’s all a classified secret. You can’t keep any secrets in your Yahoo email account.
You can safely bet that if the government is demanding this from Yahoo it’s demanding it from all the other Internet providers too. "Yahoo is a law abiding company, and complies with the laws of the United States," the company says. Unfortunately the Fourth Amendment excepted. Naturally, the government intelligence agencies aren’t commenting.