August 27, 2017 By Regan Pifer
It is truly shocking that this is the first I have heard of this terrifying development.
You’re probably thinking to yourself, “Ok, drama queen. What are you going to tell me now that you hooked me with that scary first sentence.”
How about this: Homes can now be searched without a warrant.
This bill was recently passed and signed into law by President Trump.
Why haven’t we heard more about this?
The language, at first glance, does not cause alarm.
The proposal for a safety commission to act as a wing of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority may sound logical, when its power includes thing such as the ability to “Adopt, revise, and distribute a written State Safety Oversight Program” and to “Review, approve, oversee, and enforce the adoption and implementation of WMATA’s Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan.”
However, there is one major red flag buried within the text of the bill that stems from the list of “powers” given to the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission, and it violates one of the basic tenets of the U.S. Constitution.
The text gives the Commission the authority to enter property near the Metro Rail System “without limitation” and without a warrant, for the purpose of “making inspections, investigations, examinations, and testing.”
This clearly goes against the Fourth Amendment, which states that Americans’ rights “to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause.”
In the House, only five representatives voted against this bill.
They were all Republicans.
(Don’t tell me you were surprised by that last fact.)
One of the most outspoken Republicans in the opposition was Michigan Republican Justin Amash, who tweeted July 17th 2017:
“Only 5 of us voted against bill allowing govt to enter/search private property in parts of VA, MD & DC w/o warrant.” https://t.co/SVhTWqbPaB
— Justin Amash (@justinamash)
Reddit reminds us this is not the first (and certainly won’t be the last) time Congress quickly and almost unanimously passed a bill “that will take away some of the most basic rights from law-abiding citizens in the U.S., and it won’t be the last.”
I think the greatest question, however, is why we haven’t heard about ANY of this from the mainstream media?
Why is this something they would want to keep from American society?
Why is this something they would support and sweep under the rug?
And, the more terrifying question: is this just the beginning of a new wave of legislation?
Read HJ Res 76 here: