Last month, the House voted to extend a statute of the FISA law which allows the federal government to listen to your calls and read your emails without a warrant. Judge Napolitano joined Fox and Friends to voice his outrage at this blatant disregard for the Fourth Amendment.
He said, “This will bring us like East Germany when everybody is watching everybody else and people are afraid to be themselves because they know someone is listening. That’s why we have the Fourth Amendment.”
In his column on FoxNews.com, the judge writes, “FISA gives the government unchecked authority to snoop on all Americans who communicate with any foreign person, in direct contravention of the Fourth Amendment. The right to privacy is a natural human right. Its enshrinement in the Constitution has largely kept America from becoming East Germany. Moreover, everyone in Congress has taken an oath to uphold the Constitution, which could not be more clear: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects…” shall not be violated, except via a warrant issued by a neutral judge upon the judge finding probable cause of crime. If we let Congress, which is a creature of the Constitution, change the Constitution, then no one’s liberty or property is safe, and freedom is dependent upon the political needs of those in power.”