New NSA Warrantless Tactics Reveal Little Room For Presumption of InnocenceSubmitted by emalvini on Fri, 06/21/2013 - 12:17
New NSA Warrantless Tactics Reveal Little Room For Presumption of Innocence
GREGORY FERENSTEINposted 4 hours ago
The Guardian released new details about the National Security Agency’s spying practices, which reveals how analysts can store vast sums of data without a warrant. Specifically, if the NSA “inadvertently” stumbles upon anything related to a potential crime, it can store the data for later investigations.
Quite reasonably, the Supreme Court has declared that law enforcement can charge citizens with a crime if it’s being conducted in “plain sight“–e.g. if cops see pot sitting in the passenger seat of a car during a traffic stop. That is, the presumption of innocence doesn’t apply to if police inadvertent witness a crime. Unfortunately, the scope of the presumption of innocence gets tinier as the government’s eyes get bigger.