Published on Jun 7, 2016 by Bill Fox
The FBI could soon have the power to access a person’s internet browsing history without a warrant in terrorism investigations.
Lawmakers are considering the proposed legislation this week. Critics, including Google and Facebook, argue that the changes to existing law would be a violation of Americans’ privacy.
Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano weighed in this afternoon, arguing that the Fourth Amendment has been under a sustained “assault” for 40-50 years.
He pointed out how much can be learned about a person by simply viewing their web browsing habits.
Napolitano said that the government will – as it always does – argue that this is necessary to keep us safe from terror attacks, but that the argument is a “facade.”
“This law will pass because the Congress doesn’t give a damn about whether it’s unconstitutional! … The American people should wake up. This is a major step toward a police state,” he said.
The judge noted that FBI Director James Comey recently told the Senate that the Constitution makes investigations much more difficult.
“Guess what. The Constitution is intentionally a pain in the neck so that law enforcement will not run roughshod over our civil liberties!” said Napolitano, faulting the feds for using a “fishing net” approach to fighting terrorism.