The Washington Post has reported that a provision of the Patriot Act which is supposed to be limited to national security and terrorism investigations is being used in narcotics cases.
The New York Times reported that the National Security Agency (NSA) will share that data and whatever else is swept up with it with other intelligence agencies including the FBI (without applying any screens for privacy).
This means that domestic law enforcement will have access to massive American communications that are obtained without warrants. The FBI agents don’t need any ‘national security’ reason to put your basic information into the NSA’s data trove. They can poke around endlessly during routine investigations as described in The Washington Post Thursday.
The information can be used by police to lock up citizens for routine crimes.
The NSA has given law enforcement these opportunities to circumvent the Fourth Amendment before and then advises them to “misdirect, fudge and outright lie about how they obtained incriminating information, according to the Post article.
We have given the federal government enormous power, including the power to circumvent the Fourth Amendment. Without a Fourth Amendment, the Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth will fall.