The Right of the People to be Secure in their Persons, Houses, Papers and Effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon PROBABLE CAUSE by Oath
or Affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons to be seized…
The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America.
A report released by the major mobile phone networks in the USA – a Country that still pretends to protect its citizen/subjects from unreasonable search and seizure – shows a shocking uptick in requests by law enforcement agencies for mobile phone data.
And not surprisingly, most law enforcement agencies do not provide a proper warrant.
As Gomer Pyle might say, “Surprise, Surprise”
The New York Times reported that US Mobile Companies responded to an astounding 1.3 million requests – that they’ll admit to – from law enforcement agencies requesting user data.
You may ask, "Doesn’t my network protect my data?" However the phone companies now charge law enforcement for the data and are turning a PROFIT supplying it.
Do you think they care about the integrity of the 4th Amendment? Doubtful.
AT&T now fields over 700 such requests a day! Of which 30 are considered “emergency” and don’t require a warrant.
Now I went to Washburn in Topeka for Law School – not some hoity toity Ivy League School like Yale– but I still never saw the “emergency” exception in the 4th Amendment.
We are a Nation of LAWS and Government needs to follow them too.
I know, I know. When the Country is bankrupt it’s of the utmost importance to stop the drug trade. We would never want to do anything weird like tax and legalize a commodity that many Americans crave and that the Government could turn a profit on!
That would be Common Sense.
Where is Tom Paine when you need him?
All of our rights are leaving this GREAT Nation because of the drug trade.
That’s the Government’s rationale for trashing the 4th Amendment and all our rights. We have to rid the streets of narcotics!
I know that drugs are VERY harmful- but are they worth losing our Country over? Shouldn’t addiction be treated as a public health issue and not a criminal justice issue?
Some of you may think that “terrorists” are the reason for all these requests.
Read the PATRIOT Act – it includes Meth Interdiction.
If terrorists are meth dealers – the MidWest must be worse than Baghdad…