Yahoo Inc’s secret scanning of customer emails at the behest of a U.S. spy agency is part of a growing push by officials to loosen constitutional protections Americans have against arbitrary governmental searches, according to legal documents and people briefed on closed court hearings.
The order on Yahoo from the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) last year resulted from the government’s drive to change decades of interpretation of the U.S. Constitution’s Fourth Amendment right of people to be secure against “unreasonable searches and seizures,” intelligence officials and others familiar with the strategy told Reuters.
The unifying idea, they said, is to move the focus of U.S. courts away from what makes something a distinct search and toward what is “reasonable” overall.
I have a feeling that after complete silence on the subject for eight years (while our President violated the law and the Constitution countless times via our intelligence agencies), Democrats are going to suddenly start caring about privacy as a civil liberty again. Yes, they’re complete hypocrites but perhaps they’ll actually be useful in motivating Trump to dismantle the intelligence agency apparatus. Spying on the American people is wrong no matter who is in office. Don’t give Trump a pass on it once he’s in office.