This is the height of arrogance. Voters are already complaining about the NSA program, and the series of errors that led to even further intrusions into into our personal information. There is a serious debate going on in this country about how much “surveillance” on Americans is too much. But with all this going on the Obama administration believes its time to push for more power, warrantless cellphone searches and he wants the Supreme Court to back him up:
In 2007, the police arrested a Massachusetts man who appeared to be selling crack cocaine from his car. The cops seized his cellphone and noticed that it was receiving calls from “My House.” They opened the phone to determine the number for “My House.” That led them to the man’s home, where the police found drugs, cash and guns.
The defendant was convicted, but on appeal he argued that accessing the information on his cellphone without a warrant violated his Fourth Amendment rights. Earlier this year, the First Circuit Court of Appeals accepted the man’s argument, ruling that the police should have gotten a warrant before accessing any information on the man’s phone.
The Obama Administration disagrees. In a petition filed earlier this month asking the Supreme Court to hear the case, the government argues that the First Circuit’s ruling conflicts with the rulings of several other appeals courts, as well as with earlier Supreme Court cases. Those earlier cases have given the police broad discretion to search possessions on the person of an arrested suspect, including notebooks, calendars and pagers. The government contends that a cellphone is no different than any other object a suspect might be carrying.
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So being able to look at our telephone and computer data isn’t enough. This arrogant administration doesn’t care that much of America is concerned that our government may have too much of a free hand with our personal information–they are deaf to American concerns–Big Brother just wants more.