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.
The above is the text to the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution. It protects American Citizens from not only search but illegal seizure of personal property. The New York Post is reporting that Federal law enforcement agents, more specifically Secret Service agents, confiscated the cell phones of citizens who were in the same public space as Michelle Obama.
MICHELLE Obama, like her husband, enjoys a good burger, but not as well done. The first lady brought daughters Malia and Sasha to former “Top Chef” contestant Spike Mendelsohn’sGood Stuff Eatery in DC for cheeseburgers, onion rings, fries, and milkshakes. “They got the burgers medium,” says a spy. (President Obama was mildly ridiculed after ordering a burger medium-well in January.) “Three starving Secret Service guys were literally standing over the grill as Spike made the burgers, but didn’t eat,” our source adds. Fellow patrons had their cellphones temporarily confiscated to prevent pictures from being taken.<
This raises a significant amount of questions the first of which is, how does Michelle Obama believe that she and her family have any expectation of privacy in a public place? There is no expectation of privacy in public.
The second is, when did this become the policy of the Secret Service. I have spoken with former officials in the Bush White House that have assured me that this was not the policy of the former administration. This does absolutely nothing to help Michelle or Barack Obama’s image. It further shows that they consider themselves above ordinary Americans.
The other questions that are raised are those of a political and policy nature. The left and Barack Obama have time and time again hammered the Bush Administration for warrantless wiretapping of foreign terrorist subjects. Wiretapping that was of foreign phone calls where one end of the line was in the United States. This is much worse. This is the confiscation of private property by law enforcement officials with no warrant and no suspicion of guilt.
Barack Obama owes the American People an explanation as to why he thinks his Secret Service Agents can violate the Fourth Amendment rights of private citizens. All in the name of protecting his wife from a picture with a hamburger in her mouth from getting on the internet.
HT: Michael Graham