​DOJ urges Supreme Court to allow phone searches without a police warrant

Reuters / Carlo Allegri

Reuters / Carlo Allegri

The US Department of Justice is arguing that police should be able to search cell phones taken from suspects upon arrest, lest the suspect or an associate use a universal “kill switch” to remotely lock or wipe the phone before it’s searched.

In a brief to the US Supreme Court filed Wednesday in the case of an alleged Boston drug dealer, the Justice Department backed law enforcement’s ability to immediately search a suspect’s phone in case the contents of the phone – potential evidence to the DOJ – are erased by the suspect or someone else before police can inspect it.

“This Court should not deprive officers of an investigative tool that is increasingly important for preserving evidence of serious crimes based on purely imaginary fears that police officers will invoke their authority to review drug dealers’ ‘reading history,’ … ‘appointments with marital counsellors,’ or armed robbers’ ‘apps to help smokers quit,’” said DOJ attorney Donald Verrilli Jr., in a statement.

The specific examples he cites were included in opposing briefs filed in the case by civil liberties groups, which argued warrantless searches of cell phones for evidence are a violation of suspect’s …read more

12 Numbers Which Prove That Americans Are Sick And Tired Of Politics As Usual

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The American people are increasingly waking up to the fact that nothing ever seems to change in Washington D.C. no matter which political party is in power.  In fact, as you will see later on in this article, an all-time high 53 percent of all Americans believe that neither party “represents the American people”.  Over the past several decades, we have sent a Bush, a Clinton, another Bush and an Obama to the White House, but the policies coming out of Washington have remained pretty much the same the entire time.  The mainstream media would have us believe that the Republicans and the Democrats are constantly fighting like cats and dogs, but the truth is that the Republicans want to take us to the same place that the Democrats want to take us – just a little more slowly perhaps.  And behind the scenes, Republicans and Democrats have a good time with one another and they are ultimately controlled by the same set of oligarchs.  The Americans people are really starting to recognize what a sham our system has become, and the numbers show that they are quite fed up with it.

I truly wish that things were different.  When I …read more