An unexpected confirmation of the value of the Bill of Rights

Aug 31, 2005 15:56 · 120 words · 1 minute read

The Bill of Rights was created to protect people from the corruption that comes from a government with absolute power (absolute power corrupts absolutely, as they say). I don’t think the founding fathers anticipated that the Bill of Rights would be needed to protect against the “entertainment industry”. The story is that in Delhi, India, the international arm of the Motion Picture Association has been granted a general warrants that “[permit] police to search any premises suspected of containing pirated products, and permits officers to open locked premises without delay.” So, if you live in Delhi, Joe Moviemaker can get the police to come storming into your house practically on a whim.

Aren’t you glad we have the 4th Amendment?