August 21, 2013
Just when you thought the Obama Administration would learn that they can’t spy on you, they are trying to go even further to keep tabs on what you’re doing.
The Obama Administration is asking the Supreme Court to rule that the Fourth Amendment allows warrantless cell phone searches. Former Houston police officer Mike Knox says it's unnecessary.
“There’s no pressing situation that requires your information to be obtained by the police right now. It can wait a day or two,” Knox said. “I’m a big believer in liberty. I’d rather be free than safe.”
This is the result of an arrest in 2007 in Massachusetts, where police used a suspect's cell phone to gather evidence he was dealing drugs. Civil rights attorney Randall Kallinen told KTRH Radio in Houston the Supreme Court should not go along with the request.
“In the past cell phones didn’t contain much information. Now a cell phone has more data than all the computers that sent man to the moon,” Kallinen said.
So will Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder get their wish?
“It’s very likely they could rule that looking at a person’s cell phone is an unreasonable search under the Constitution,” Kallinen said.
Kallinen says if you really want to protect yourself, don't put a lot of sensitive information into your smart phone.
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