Virginia Politicians Mount Attack on Bill of Rights
Something truly dangerous is making its way through the virginia">Virginia General Assembly in the guise of a Democrat-sponsored bill that poses the greatest threat to our fundamental freedoms in nearly 240 years:
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You can’t make this stuff up.
HB 1946 now authorizes Virginia to obtain “record[s] from a provider of electronic communication service or remote computing service.”
Because the bill requires no specifics in these subpoenas, such as the place from which the records must be produced, it authorizes “general warrants.” General warrants are illegal under Art. I, Sec. 10 of the Virginia Constitution. Known as “Writs of Assistance,” the British use of general warrants was one of the major reasons leading to the American Revolution.
And, these subpoenas are not issued under “probable cause” required under the Fourth Amendment, but when “there is reason to believe that the records or other information being sought are relevant to a legitimate law-enforcement investigation.”
Another kicker is that “The subpoena shall include a provision ordering the service provider not to notify or disclose the existence of the subpoena to another person.”
Get this: The legislation was introduced by a lawyer, and has passed the Courts of Justice Committee.
Really, you can’t make this stuff up.
If you live in Virginia, we suggest you contact the House of Delegates members and tell them to stop this legislation! Make yout voice heard -- before it's too late!