A DC Appeals Court has ruled police violated the 4th Amendment when they spied on a suspect’s cell phone without a warrant. Makes sense. If you’re gong to enforce the law, you should be following it yourself.
Tag – surveillance
The FBI is familiar with the public relations backlash over warrantless searches. But now it appears the agency has side-stepped the issue by paying someone else to do it. Companies such as Best Buy are currently required to report child porn accidentally discovered on customer computers. However this is different from paying a Geek Squad member $500 to dig around looking for illegal pictures. This makes us wonder where else the FBI may be crossing the line?
The federal government entices states to buy the scanners with homeland security grants. That’s to support the creation and maintenance of a national repository of driving histories. But state representative Daniel Zolnikov is uncomfortable with the intrusion into the lives of Montanans. He’s proposed a bill that would greatly restrict the device’s use.
What was once a conspiracy theory is now established fact. Thanks to whistle blower Edward Snowden, the Administration has been forced to admit it spies on citizens without bothering to get a warrant. Much of this is taking place at the NSA Data Center in Utah. Call it a David and Goliath story if you like, but state representative Mark Roberts is hoping to hit the Center where it hurts.