Before the American Revolution, when we were King George III's colonists, his customs officers and soldiers, writing general warrants (writes of assistance) all by themselves, barged into offices and private homes in dragnet searches.
"Our houses and even our bed chambers," reported enraged Bostonians, "are exposed to be ransacked, our boxes, chests and trunks broke open, ravaged. ... Flagrant instances of the wanton exercise of this power have frequently happened in this and other seaport towns.
"By this we are cut off from that domestic security which renders the lives of the most unhappy in some measure agreeable."