More Liberal Love for the Police State: Jerry Brown Blocks the Legislature from Protecting Privacy
California Governor Jerry Brown is known for many things, most of them very bad from a conservative point of view. But many of you might be old enough to remember when liberals wanted to protect civil liberties. This was not always done correctly. The “right” to dismember babies, for example, is a horrible example of misunderstanding what “civil liberties” really are. But, still, it was generally true that liberals wanted to protect people from government intrusion and make sure police did not have arbitrary authority to target people and find reasons to accuse them.
Jerry Brown, it seems, has gotten too old to remember any of that. After the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the police were not permitted to install a global positioning system on a citizen without first getting a court order, the California legislature passed a bill that clarified that getting such information from a cell phone or similar electronic devise was also prohibited unless the police got a warrant to do so.
State Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) said his bill followed the lead of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that it was unconstitutional for police to install a Global Positioning System device on an individual’s car without a warrant. “California consumers are rightfully concerned about mobile privacy and the rate at which their location information is being shared with law enforcement.”
Governor Brown vetoed the bill. He doesn’t want the police to be hampered by Fourth Amendment concerns.
Brown also vetoed a bill that outlawed the arbitrary termination of cell phone service by the government. The bill required agencies to obtain a court order before they make your cell phone inoperable because they think you might be organizing a protest. So in California, you now have a fictional right to speak freely and to peaceably assemble, but the government has a real right to cut off your mobile phone service to stop you from using it to do so.
While Brown may not seem much like the liberal he claims to be, he certainly fits in with the record of the Obama Administration. In addition to a skyrocketing number of warrantless wiretaps on the part of the Obama Justice Department, the Obama Administration has other “accomplishments.” The Obama regime is responsible for more SWAT raids on legal medical marijuana than the Bush Administration, terrorizing people with Federal police actions despite state legislation to the contrary. He has also carried out at least 308 deadly drone strikes, compared to the Bush Administrations mere 44. While the Obama Administration has leaked classified information to make the President look good, it has also aggressively prosecuted others who leaked information, using “the 1917 Espionage Act to target suspected leakers in twice as many cases as all previous presidential administrations combined.”
What “civil liberties” do Liberals now champion, other than the dismembered babies and homosexual marriage?