Actually, the FBI isn’t competing in the Olympics; I just included that word in the title in the hopes that it would get you to pay attention.
Paying attention now? Good.
In case you didn’t know, the First Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits restrictions on freedom of the press.
And here’s a real whopper: despite insistence to the contrary, the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits any search or seizure of Americans’ possessions, records or bodies without a warrant issued by a judge affirming probable cause for doing so and specifically listing the nature of the search and the items or information to be obtained.
Guess what? The FBI has been caught snooping in on and seizing the records of reporters for the New York Times and Washington Post without a warrant, violating two amendments to the U.S. Constitution in a single act.
For its simultaneous display of legal flexibility and brute strength, judges from Russia, China, Zimbabwe and Burma gave the FBI scores of 8.9, 9.1, 9.3 and 9.5.
Presidential candidates declined to comment. Viewers yawned.