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Americans have lost many of their liberties over the past several decades, particularly since 9/11, but it appears that lawmakers from both parties are indeed willing to cede what could very well be the most significant chunk of liberty in American history for a modicum of security.
This week, Congress is considering legislation that would allow the FBI uninhibited access to anyone’s internet activity … without a warrant.
Appearing on Fox News’ “Shepard Smith Reporting” on Tuesday, Fox News judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano talked about this continuation of what he considers a “decades-old assault” on the Fourth Amendment.
“The whole purpose of the fourth amendment was to prevent this sort of fishing net operation where they just throw a net out there and see what comes in,” said Napolitano. “It was to force the government to focus on bad people, on people as to whom there is a suspicion. That is why the fourth amendment requires probable cause.”
If the bill is passed, internet service providers will be banned from telling their subscribers that the FBI has come calling. In fact, doing so will become a criminal felony. The Judge rightly considers this an extreme violation of both the Fourth and First Amendments, because it also prohibits speech.
Host Shepard Smith remarked that surely this bill won’t pass since it is so obviously unconstitutional. To which Judge Napolitano responded, “This law will pass because Congress doesn’t give a damn about what is Constitutional.”
According to the Judge, “The American people should wake up. This is a major step toward a police state.”
Speaking to the underlying reason FBI Director James Comey has given for supporting the legislation, that Constitutional requirements can encumber investigations and make the FBI’s work difficult, Napolitano said, “Guess what. The Constitution is intentionally a pain in the neck so that law enforcement will not run roughshod over our civil liberties.”
No matter which party controls Congress and the White House, our leaders always seem to be willing to trade a lot of liberty for a smattering of false security. At the end of the segment, the Judge asked the question all Americans should be asking if so many weren’t asleep to the gradual decline of our freedoms, “This is a major step toward a police state … Who, or what, will keep our liberties safe?”