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Issue Position: Personal and Private Property Security

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The Fourth Amendment grants the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures. I believe this includes general and unwarranted electronic surveillance, national computer databases, and national identification cards. Civil governments must be strictly limited in their powers to intrude upon the persons and private property of individual citizens, in particular, that no place be searched and no thing be seized, except upon proof of probable cause that a crime has been committed and the proper judicial warrant issued.

I oppose legislation and administrative action utilizing asset forfeiture laws which enable the confiscation of the private property of persons not involved in the crime. Forfeiture of assets can only be enforced after conviction of the property owner as a penalty for a crime. Such forfeitures must follow full due process of law under criminal prosecution standards.

The Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution limits the federal power of eminent domain solely to the purchase of private property with just compensation for public use - not for public ownership, such as urban renewal, environmental protection, or historic preservation. Under no circumstances may the federal government take private property, by means of rules and regulations which preclude or substantially reduce the productive use of the property, even with just compensation.


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