In ruling that police may not search cellphones without a warrant, the Court brought the Fourth Amendment into the twenty-first century.
That was when the Bureau of Investigation—the forerunner of today’s FBI—first opened a file on the magazine.
The president has made a step toward better oversight, but his proposals leave the agency’s system of dragnet surveillance mostly intact.
Updating the Fourth Amendment has been done before, to address the invention of cars, phones and GPS. It’s time to do it again.
Americans are justifiably upset about the NSA’s sweeping domestic surveillance. But we should be just as concerned about spying on foreigners.
The uproar over government searches of media phone records should not obscure the deeper problem—the law’s failure to protect the privacy of all of us in the digital age.
That’s the unanimous conclusion of a nonpartisan task force. It should teach us not to overreact to the Boston bombings.
After Boston, we must proceed with caution—and respect the rule of law.
The White House evidently believes it can kill us in secret and never own up to the fact.