“one of the most essential branches of English liberty is the freedom of one’s house. A man’s house is his castle; and whilst he is quiet, he is as well guarded as a prince in his castle. This writ, if it should be declared legal, would totally annihilate this privilege. Custom-house officers may enter our houses when they please; we are commanded to permit their entry. Their menial servants may enter, may break locks, bars, and everything in their way; and whether they break through malice or revenge, no man, no court can inquire. Bare suspicion without oath is sufficient.” James Otis, February 24, 1761.
Consider how the actions of the Federal Government’s recent behavior mirrors those authorized by the Writs of Assistance which allowed for unrestricted searches of homes in the American Colonies. More on the Writs of Assistance and James Otis in upcoming posts!
Our resistance to unwarranted and unlawful search and seizure led to the Fourth Amendment. Protection of our private property is What IS Right With America.
The attached image is of a 1789 rendering of Hancock House in Boston, Massachusetts