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National Applications Office To Be Shut Down

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.

4 comments to National Applications Office To Be Shut Down

  • Jim

    This is highly encouraging. I especially like this paragraph from the article:

    “The senior Homeland Security official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the program is classified, said Napolitano had decided to nix it after consulting with state and local law enforcement officials and learning that they had far more pressing priorities than using satellites to collect information and eavesdrop on people.”

  • The only thing that bugged me about that statement is that it seems to suggest that they didn’t shut it down because it’s unconstitutional but because local law enforcement said they don’t really have a need for it. So a thanks goes out to them. But if they did say they would want it, it sounds like the government would be more than happy to comply.

    Don’t get me wrong I’m still very happy to hear this news.

    • Jim

      If you read the source article, it appears that state and local officials were also telling the federal government that there were constitutional problems they didn’t want to be involved with.

  • Tom

    Oh great, now we have to have the state tell the Federal govt. what’s constitutional.

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