Archive for the ‘4th Amendment’ category

Donna Brazile rules

June 18, 2008

At the recent meeting of the DNC Rules Committee one of my favorite moments was when committee member Donna Brazile laid down the law to a representative of the Clinton campaign from Michigan.  She was speaking to the issue of whether the Michigan delegation should be seated at the national convention in Denver even though the state Democratic party had broken the rules by holding their primary too early.  You can find discussion of this moment at the DNC meeting on Daily Kos at the following link — there originally was a YouTube video but that no longer works.

She began by wishing the Clintonite’s mother a happy birthday and then went on to comment about what her own mother had taught her:

“My Momma always taught me to play by the rules.  And if you try to change the rules, it’s called cheatin'” (more…)

No boundaries for e-mail, internet snooping

January 14, 2008

Forget the Fourth Amendment. It’s going the way of the dodo bird. It’s way too quaint and old-fashioned for National Intelligence Director Mike McConnell.

As diarist MLDB puts it bluntly over at DailyKos:

Forget the Constitution.  To this crew “national security” and the constitution don’t mix.

Every e-mail, file transfer and internet would be subject of government surveillance if McConnell has his way.

McConnell is drawing up plans for cyberspace spying that would make the current debate on warrantless wiretaps look like a “walk in the park,” according to an interview published in the New Yorker‘s print edition today. (more…)

Warrantless tracking via cellphone

November 24, 2007

Just when you think that there are no more ways that Big Brother in the guise of the FBI can snoop on American citizens, there comes a new blockbuster story that indeed, yes, there is another way for the government has been poking and prying into the lives of Americans without seeking a warrant from a judge.

The Feds have found a new way to violate our Constitutional protection against “unreasonable searches and seizures … except upon probable cause” (If you don’t recognize this phrase, read the 4th Amendment, please). Now it looks like we are even paying for the privilege of being tracked — via our own ubiquitous cellphones. The FBI just goes to the telecoms and says “pretty please” — and the snooping begins. (more…)