Page 1 of 4 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 39

Thread: Obama administration asks Supreme Court to allow warrantless cellphone searches

  1. #1
    Banned
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Michigan
    Last Seen
    01-28-15 @ 06:22 AM
    Gender
    Lean
    Libertarian - Left
    Posts
    5,587
    Blog Entries
    1

    Obama administration asks Supreme Court to allow warrantless cellphone searches

    If the police arrest you, do they need a warrant to rifle through your cellphone? Courts have been split on the question. Last week the Obama administration asked the Supreme Court to resolve the issue and rule that the Fourth Amendment allows warrantless cellphone searches.

    In 2007, the police arrested a Massachusetts man who appeared to be selling crack cocaine from his car. The cops seized his cellphone and noticed that it was receiving calls from “My House.” They opened the phone to determine the number for “My House.” That led them to the man’s home, where the police found drugs, cash and guns.

    The defendant was convicted, but on appeal he argued that accessing the information on his cellphone without a warrant violated his Fourth Amendment rights. Earlier this year, the First Circuit Court of Appeals accepted the man’s argument, ruling that the police should have gotten a warrant before accessing any information on the man’s phone.

    The Obama Administration disagrees. In a petition filed earlier this month asking the Supreme Court to hear the case, the government argues that the First Circuit’s ruling conflicts with the rulings of several other appeals courts, as well as with earlier Supreme Court cases. Those earlier cases have given the police broad discretion to search possessions on the person of an arrested suspect, including notebooks, calendars and pagers. The government contends that a cellphone is no different than any other object a suspect might be carrying.

    But as the storage capacity of cellphones rises, that position could become harder to defend. Our smart phones increasingly contain everything about our digital lives: our e-mails, text messages, photographs, browser histories and more. It would be troubling if the police had the power to get all that information with no warrant merely by arresting a suspect.
    Obama administration asks Supreme Court to allow warrantless cellphone searches | The Switch

    The encroachments into our privacy and rights continue. I'm continually being saddened by moves like this by my government. I know though that I shouldn't be surprised given the amount of information I've digested over the years, but still... I do not like where we're heading as a nation with our policies around privacy and Constitutional rights. It matters not, either, what side of the aisle it comes from because both have done truly unAmerican things to us and will probably only continue to do so. Too bad we can't have a TV or movie President - one that doesn't negotiate with terrorists, strip us of Constitutional rights, invade our privacy by spying on us, or so many other things that are hampering the American experience today.


  2. #2
    Banned
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Last Seen
    11-16-13 @ 05:22 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Other
    Posts
    2,817

    Re: Obama administration asks Supreme Court to allow warrantless cellphone searches

    Quote Originally Posted by Jango View Post
    Obama administration asks Supreme Court to allow warrantless cellphone searches | The Switch

    The encroachments into our privacy and rights continue. I'm continually being saddened by moves like this by my government. I know though that I shouldn't be surprised given the amount of information I've digested over the years, but still... I do not like where we're heading as a nation with our policies around privacy and Constitutional rights. It matters not, either, what side of the aisle it comes from because both have done truly unAmerican things to us and will probably only continue to do so. Too bad we can't have a TV or movie President - one that doesn't negotiate with terrorists, strip us of Constitutional rights, invade our privacy by spying on us, or so many other things that are hampering the American experience today.

    You haven't had privacy for quite some time now, you just failed to notice.

  3. #3
    Sage
    Slyfox696's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Last Seen
    Yesterday @ 10:14 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Moderate
    Posts
    7,982

    Re: Obama administration asks Supreme Court to allow warrantless cellphone searches

    What needs to happen here is legislation against this type of thing. Federal law, state law, whatever...we need legislatures to prohibit law enforcement from being allowed to invade private lives. Then it wouldn't matter what the presidential administration (whomever it may be at the time) wants.

  4. #4
    Educator

    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Kingdom of Nigh
    Last Seen
    10-13-17 @ 11:25 AM
    Lean
    Libertarian
    Posts
    1,152

    Re: Obama administration asks Supreme Court to allow warrantless cellphone searches

    Quote Originally Posted by TiredOfLife View Post
    You haven't had privacy for quite some time now, you just failed to notice.
    And that matters how?

    Just because you may not be aware that your privacy and your rights are being violated doesnt make it right to do and just because you find out now what has been happening doesnt mean you cant fight to stop it.
    Know the truth and the truth will make you mad, because the truth has no agenda.

  5. #5
    Educator

    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Kingdom of Nigh
    Last Seen
    10-13-17 @ 11:25 AM
    Lean
    Libertarian
    Posts
    1,152

    Re: Obama administration asks Supreme Court to allow warrantless cellphone searches

    Quote Originally Posted by Slyfox696 View Post
    What needs to happen here is legislation against this type of thing. Federal law, state law, whatever...we need legislatures to prohibit law enforcement from being allowed to invade private lives. Then it wouldn't matter what the presidential administration (whomever it may be at the time) wants.
    They will just ignore the law as they ignore the laws & Constitution now.
    Know the truth and the truth will make you mad, because the truth has no agenda.

  6. #6
    Global Moderator
    Moderator
    Helix's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Last Seen
    Yesterday @ 11:43 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Independent
    Posts
    37,105

    Re: Obama administration asks Supreme Court to allow warrantless cellphone searches

    Quote Originally Posted by Jango View Post
    Obama administration asks Supreme Court to allow warrantless cellphone searches | The Switch

    The encroachments into our privacy and rights continue. I'm continually being saddened by moves like this by my government. I know though that I shouldn't be surprised given the amount of information I've digested over the years, but still... I do not like where we're heading as a nation with our policies around privacy and Constitutional rights. It matters not, either, what side of the aisle it comes from because both have done truly unAmerican things to us and will probably only continue to do so. Too bad we can't have a TV or movie President - one that doesn't negotiate with terrorists, strip us of Constitutional rights, invade our privacy by spying on us, or so many other things that are hampering the American experience today.

    More WOD nonsense. This administration is as terrible on civil liberties as Bush was.

  7. #7
    Advisor greyhat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Last Seen
    08-31-13 @ 01:59 PM
    Lean
    Undisclosed
    Posts
    562

    Obama administration asks Supreme Court to allow warrantless cellphone searches

    There was probable cause; the whole arrest took place as the man was under suspicion of selling crack a felony- the cellphone is an accessory to this crime so police can check it without a warrant.

    If the man had been arrested for murder and he had a gun on him, are the police not allowed to take his gun as evidence because of the Second Amendment?

  8. #8
    Sage
    Slyfox696's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Last Seen
    Yesterday @ 10:14 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Moderate
    Posts
    7,982

    Re: Obama administration asks Supreme Court to allow warrantless cellphone searches

    Quote Originally Posted by Imnukingfutz View Post
    They will just ignore the law as they ignore the laws & Constitution now.
    Who is "they"?

    It simply amazes me how much fear the word government instills in people. There is no "they".

  9. #9
    Banned
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Last Seen
    11-16-13 @ 05:22 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Other
    Posts
    2,817

    Re: Obama administration asks Supreme Court to allow warrantless cellphone searches

    Quote Originally Posted by Imnukingfutz View Post
    And that matters how?

    Just because you may not be aware that your privacy and your rights are being violated doesnt make it right to do and just because you find out now what has been happening doesnt mean you cant fight to stop it.
    Fight to stop it? It's far too late for that now.

  10. #10
    Sage
    mak2's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Indiana
    Last Seen
    07-08-16 @ 01:58 AM
    Gender
    Lean
    Undisclosed
    Posts
    12,050

    Re: Obama administration asks Supreme Court to allow warrantless cellphone searches

    I know someone that won't use her Kroger Customer card because "they" are watching what she buys. She vaugely thinks the "they" are government, not Kroger employees. By the way, the last time I used my Kroger card I saved $0.60 per gallon on gas.
    God Bless the Marine Corps.

Page 1 of 4 123 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •