No more warrantless cop cell phone snooping

No more warrantless cop cell phone snooping

cell phone, Aislin, cagle, June 25, 2014Recently in Southern California, some cops stopped some friends of mine in a parking lot for no reason. There was no arrest. But the cops did search their cell phone call logs. hen  let  them go.

Now the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that’s unconstitutional. According to the story, “Justices even said police cannot check a cellphone’s call log, saying even those contain more information that just phone numbers, and so perusing them is a violation of privacy that can only be justified with a warrant.”

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the unanimous court:

“The fact that technology now allows an individual to carry such information in his hand does not make the information any less worthy of the protection for which the Founders fought. Our answer to the question of what police must do before searching a cell phone seized incident to an arrest is accordingly simple — get a warrant.”

Right. The Fourth Amendment is clear:

“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.”

Since 9/11, and even before, the Supreme Court has been too lax in protecting the Bill of Rights. Maybe things now are turning in a new direction, and away from the slippery slope toward a Stasi police state.

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  1. Donkey
    Donkey 25 June, 2014, 19:31

    John, the courts have been lax on defending the Bill of Rights since December 15th, 1791! 🙂

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    • The Modified Ted Steele Methodologies (tm)
      The Modified Ted Steele Methodologies (tm) 26 June, 2014, 14:09

      LOL— Poor Doinkey–

      He has no idea of the hundreds of opinions upholding the explicit and penumbral rights we all share…..The USSC and Art. 3 are the backbone of liberty little buddies! But I do love hearing you little girls whine when yo DISAGREE with the high court ™

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      • Donkey
        Donkey 26 June, 2014, 21:33

        If we have so many rights TCS then why all the no/knock raids, and the huge number of Americans caught up in the PIC? The truth is I don’t expect a knowledgeable answer from a fool like you my little parrot, a clown like you finds that two highly trained GED idiots from the HBPD were justified in gunning down a small teenage girl in the middle of Sunview Park! !! 🙂

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  2. NTHEOC
    NTHEOC 25 June, 2014, 20:11

    They will be watching you Donkey!
    ==========================
    The Huntington Beach Police Department will use 10 additional security cameras in the downtown area, more than doubling the number of cameras downtown. Security cameras are monitored from the police department, which can coordinate nearby officers to resolve crimes immediately.

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    • Donkey
      Donkey 26 June, 2014, 06:48

      Ntheoc, it is statist fools like you that have helped to create bureaucracies like the NSA, IRS, PIC and of course the teenage girl murdering HBPD. There are always the cowardly few with connections to government that seek complete control of every ones actions but their own.

      Was there something in John’s reporting that leads you to believe the police should be going through citizens phone directories without a warrant? 🙂

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  3. The Modified Ted Steele Methodologies (tm)
    The Modified Ted Steele Methodologies (tm) 26 June, 2014, 14:07

    LOL

    Duncey LOVES to say “statist”

    It goes in the Big Book Of Duncey Big Words!

    He repeats them over and over again….zzzzzzzzzzzzz–The follows with a barely cogent RURG…..
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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    • Donkey
      Donkey 27 June, 2014, 06:13

      Take another dip in the RAGWUS trough TCS, before they close the flood gates. 🙂

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  4. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 26 June, 2014, 20:41

    It is so exciting reading justified beat ups on Donkey…..he is not fun anymore-

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    • Donkey
      Donkey 27 June, 2014, 06:08

      Then the Kelly Thomas murder must have made you real happy Ahaul, you statist tool!! 🙂

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  5. Donkey
    Donkey 27 June, 2014, 06:45

    Laziness and mediocrity has over-taken RAGWUS law enforcement “management” and rank And file in so many areas of this country, it’s pathetic. The people MUST take back their cities and their law enforcement agencies, the taxpayers are indeed the true employers of all public employees, something MOST agencies “forget”. 🙂

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  6. SkippingDog
    SkippingDog 27 June, 2014, 08:43

    You can always tell an Ayn Rand crackpot by their casual use of the word “statist.” It’s a nutjob trademark.

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    • Donkey
      Donkey 27 June, 2014, 11:50

      Skdog, go back to defending the Swatters that fragged the two year old kid, or maybe you can defend the ones that killed the 95 year old vet in Chicago!! Yes they are statist murderers!! 🙂

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  7. Bill Gore
    Bill Gore 27 June, 2014, 08:58

    Cops have gotten lazy and fat (like the rest of us..)

    Getting a signed warrant based on credible probable cause is part of their job, and given their cush 20 year retirement, amazing bennies and compensation, job security like no one else, then yes they can be expected to actually do their jobs, even if their jobs suck.

    Dragnet surveillance, shooting suspects whenever they feel ‘threatened’, tazers, are all lazy lazy lazy.

    Bring back Officer Friendly, he lettered in track and wrestling in high school, has a college degree, is a ROLE MODEL for troubled boys, and takes very seriously his mission statement to protect and serve…..

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  8. Donkey
    Donkey 27 June, 2014, 11:53

    Hey TCS, don’t drink the bong water!! 🙂

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  9. Queeg
    Queeg 28 June, 2014, 07:47

    Ah….Donkey.

    ….poor rich guy hiding behind guarded gates counting his bucks while the poor, immigrants only have slaver globalist service jobs, bad housing, marginal health care, a protein deficit diet, awful second tier public education run by globalist sponsored, inept teachers.

    You should be ashamed for supporting exploitation of your fellow residents who work so hard just to survive….remember…..their plurality will have justice combatting uncaring people like you.

    Shame on you.

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  10. Donkey
    Donkey 28 June, 2014, 10:52

    I deplore RAGWUS feeders destroying our capitalist system through stealing and inflation!! 🙂

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  11. Ted Steele, The Decider
    Ted Steele, The Decider 28 June, 2014, 16:14

    Duncey LOVES to say “statist” It goes in the Big Book Of Duncey Big Words! He repeats them over and over again….zzzzzzzzzzzzz–The follows with a barely cogent RURG….. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz – See more at: http://calwatchdog.com/2014/06/25/no-more-cop-cell-phone-snooping/#sthash.f76ek1ZN.dpuf

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  12. Donkey
    Donkey 29 June, 2014, 07:28

    Statist is a big word for a small mind like yours TCS. 🙂

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