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Worse than Bush: Obama Agents Go Through Your Trash Without a Warrant

A nod of the nose to Tom and a serious tip of the pen to Charlie Savage of the New York Times for reporting that FBI agents are about to be unleashed to search through the trash and other belongings of people with no suspicion (much less probable cause to believe) that they have done anything wrong, just in case they might turn out to be big bad terrorists or run-of-the-mill criminals.

That flies in the face of the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

… but then again, a lot of things have been flying in the face of the Fourth Amendment lately. The Fourth Amendment has taken to covering its face with a dish rag to make clean-up easier.

Millions of Americans gave President George W. Bush holy hell for unleashing milder versions of this policy. Where are they now that President Barack Obama is doing worse?

3 thoughts on “Worse than Bush: Obama Agents Go Through Your Trash Without a Warrant”

  1. J. Clifford says:

    Oh, it’s not just searching through our garbage. The new rules will allow FBI agents to search databases based on nothing more than enthnicity, religious identity, or affiliation with activist groups – even when the people whose records are being searched aren’t suspected of any crime.

    This is total bull. Democratic voters who remain silent on this issue and continue to back Obama ought to be ashamed of themselves.

    From the NY Times: “The Federal Bureau of Investigation is giving significant new powers to its roughly 14,000 agents, allowing them more leeway to search databases, go through household trash or use surveillance teams to scrutinize the lives of people who have attracted their attention.”

  2. Low Key says:

    Except that it has been legal to go through a persons garbage for decades without a warrant. That is one of the reasons why they came up with shredders. Anybody can go through anyone else’s garbage once they have put it out for collection. Dumpster diving has been a practice for investigators and crackers/hackers for a very long time.

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