Deus Ex and Search and Seizure


I’ve been playing Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. The basic plot revolves around technological advancements that have allowed human beings to augment themselves with advanced robotics. Several themes play out in this game series, including the obvious robots v. humans/playing god/what makes us human/government abuses/terrorism/etc.

I’m going to spend the next few blog posts outlining the relevance of some of these developments to Fourth Amendment law – specifically, search and seizure. The game takes place outside the US (as of right now) but I’ll look at it as though the law applies.

I think this will be a fun and interesting lens through which to learn more about how the Fourth Amendment works. Further, I’m going to tie it into the search and seizure debate, hopefully explaining in more down-to-Earth terms what search and seizure really is so that it’s more easily digested by non-lawyer audiences. This, I think, could clarify a lot of details I think were lost in the debate and never illuminated by anyone involved.

Off the top of my head, this is my basic outline:

  1. Incorporation of the Fourth Amendment against the states;
  2. When the Fourth Amendment applies and what behavior it captures;
  3. Consequences of the government not complying with the Fourth Amendment’s warrant requirement;
  4. Exceptions to the Fourth Amendment;
  5. Stop and Frisk, specifically;
  6. Applying the above lessons to the actual situation in the US, using the now-unconstitutional NY program as an example.

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