Fourth, unless a commonly held opinion is challenged, it becomes weakened and loses its importance. We believe that we are protected by the Fourth Amendment, guaranteeing "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures …" However, we've learned from the leaked NSA files provided by Edward Snowden that Verizon provided millions of our phone records to the agency for screening. Perhaps we have nothing to hide, but might this be considered an unreasonable search and seizure? Do the unrestrained powers of the Patriot Act violate our basic right to privacy? Congress has been ineffectual in debating this, though any discussion can only serve to test and strengthen our Fourth Amendment rights. The topic should also be red meat for the Constitution-defending tea party, and I am puzzled by their seeming disinterest in this basic rights violation.