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DISCUSSION WEEK 3 Should the U.S. Constitution be amended to specifically define a right to privacy or, do you feel that the holdings of the U.S. Supreme Court (and tell me which cases) are sufficient protection in this matter; why or why not? The US Constitution should be amended to include the right to privacy as an inherent right of American citizens expressly stated in the Bill of Rights. The reason for this is the fact that analyzing pertinent jurisprudence shows that zones of privacy of American citizens are merely implied in other constitutional rights and social institutions such as marriage, procreation, abortion, and medical treatment. This means that the concept of privacy in America was only ever discussed not as a general principle to be protected by the Constitution, but a mere incidental issues on other pertinent rights. This is problematic specially with growing concerns of the government probing into the personal lives of America through different modes and means of surveillance. The fact that the government has in fact been disclosed to have conducted consistent surveillance citizens shows the legal insufficiency of our Constitution to enshrine and protect the privacy rights of our citizens.

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