Barack Obama has changed his mind again, but this time, it’s good thing. Earlier this year, the Obama Administration had sought continued funding for the National Applications Office, a Department of Homeland Security agency that has been coordinating the use of military spy satellites to watch American citizens within the borders of the US, without search warrant. The program was an outrageous violation of the Fourth Amendment’s protections against unreasonable search and seizure by the government.
This morning, however, it is being reported that the Obama Administration has reversed course and has decided to dismantle the National Applications Office.
The Obama Administration still has not ended the use of warrantless electronic surveillance and physical searches that became legal, though still unconstitutional, under the Protect America Act and FISA Amendments Act.