June 22, 2016 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – On Wednesday [6.22.16] the Senate, by the barest margin rejected a proposal [the most disingenuous kind, an amendment to a needed funding bill] put forth by Sen. John McCain [R-AZ] which would have allowed the FBI to snoop on web users search histories, internet cache files and associated information absent a court order.
“The Senate on Wednesday rejected a Republican-led effort to allow the FBI to access a person’s Internet browsing history, email account data and other electronic communications without a court order in terrorism and spy cases.” [source, Karoun Demirjian, After Orlando, Senate rejects plan to allow FBI Web searches without court order , Washington Post]
In effect McCain and his GOP cohorts voted [58 yeas -38 noes] to suspend the 4th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution which mandates that law enforcement must obtain a search warrant, supported by probable cause before violating personal privacy.
Amendment IV – “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.”
In short the Constitution prohibits exactly the kind of completely unrestrained electronic eavesdropping on American citizens which the GOP majority voted to permit via its legislative chicanery.
We find McCain and the GOP’s gambit on this matter to be in shocking disregard of the basic rule of law concept which has guided the West since Magna Carta and of course which is enshrined in the Constitution’s Bill of Rights, which according to the nation’s Founders, are rights bestowed by the Almighty, not the government and hence beyond the fed’s authority to abridge.
Stepping back a bit from the above issue, we can’t help but address the weird melding of self-induced blindness [regarding the indisputable nature of the terrorist profile – hint they’re all Muslim] with the almost comical incompetence which U.S. law enforcement has displayed, especially over the last 8 years. Under Director Comey, the FBI has become a sad joke, obviously taking its lead from DOJ’s last two Attorneys General, Holder and now Lynch.
Under the new regime, agents are prohibited from surveilling likely terror suspects and institutions such as radical American mosques and hate-filled imams. But it’s actually worse than that, even when alert citizens overcome the fear of being labeled an Islamophobe and report activity which might suggest terrorist intent, the FBI refuses to take action in deference to the influence which Muslim Brotherhood organizations have exerted over U.S. federal law enforcement.
This was precisely the case with the Orlando jihadi, Omar Mateen who was interviewed not once, but twice by the FBI over concerns regarding terrorism, but refused to take the matter seriously under the excuse that there wasn’t enough material evidence to warrant further action.
Since the FBI either cannot or refuses to act responsibly to protect the United States even under current law we see no reason to support it being given additional – and we believe un-Constitutional – authority.
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