The Obama administration is seeking to make it easier for the FBI to compel companies to turn over records of an individual's Internet activity without a court order if agents deem the information relevant to a terrorism or intelligence investigation.
But what officials portray as a technical clarification designed to remedy a legal ambiguity strikes industry lawyers and privacy advocates as an expansion of the power the government wields through so-called national security letters. These missives, which can be issued by an FBI field office on its own authority, require the recipient to provide the requested information and to keep the request secret. They are the mechanism the government would use to obtain the electronic records.
I don't know about you, but to me this sounds like a 4th Amendment violation.
Your communications, whether written (papers) or online (effects) are not Barack Obama's business, and he cannot have access to those communications without a court order.
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.
It really is that simple.
No one will ever convince me that Barack Obama was a constitutional law professor.
Pic came from a post-Blownstar event. I like houses that have the 4th Amendment in a frame on the wall.