Homeland Security Secretary Utterly Ignorant of Fourth Amendment

  • 1 May 2015
  • NormanL

If we needed proof that some people in the federal government don't understand (nevermind follow)he constitution">constitution">Constitution, we present the example of Jeh Johnson, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security:


Johnson, a man with sweeping power to invade the property rights and privacy of every American using judge-less warrants to search and seize records, has a Fourth Amendment problem: He doesn’t really know it.

As reported at Mediaite, Senator Rand Paul grilled Secretary Johnson at a hearing about government’s obtaining records from telephone companies without a warrant, which seems on its face to violate the Fourth Amendment:

“Right off the bat, Paul, a 2016 presidential candidate, asked Johnson if he believes the Fourth Amendment ‘applies to third party records,’ specifically those of telephone companies. Johnson said that question is ‘beyond my competence as secretary of homeland security’ to answer intelligently.”

Wow. As Mark Fitzgibbons notes, "Apparently, ignorance of the law is an excuse if you run a massive federal bureaucracy with sweeping police state powers."