The Fourth Amendment Goes to War
Robert J. Delahunty
University of St. Thomas School of Law (Minnesota)
October 14, 2009
Engage, August 2009
U of St. Thomas Legal Studies Research Paper No. 09-20
In October 2001 - not quite six weeks after the 9/11 attacks on the United States - the Office of Legal Counsel in the Justice Department prepared an opinion on the question (among others) of whether the Warrant Clause of the Fourth Amendment would apply to domestic military operations against later such attacks inside the United States. The opinion concluded that it would not. The present writer was one of the co-authors of that opinion. The opinion was released in March 2009 by the new Administration's Justice Department, and was immediately subjected to a barrage of criticism in the media. This article answers those criticisms and defends the opinion's conclusions.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 19
Keywords: constitutional law, warrant clause, fourth amendment, search and seizure, law of war
Date posted: October 14, 2009
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