Well, it looks like the recent issues with the fourth amendment and protections versus search & seizure has come to the attention of the RIAA, who has decided they’d really like to get in on some of that constitution-violating, as is so often their wont.
The RIAA has been pushing the state of California to pass a new law that would allow completely warrantless searches for law enforcement, allowing them to enter and search any CD or DVD manufacturing plant without either notice or a court order.
As we’ve seen repeatedly, Obama is the RIAA’s man, so if necessary I’m sure they can count on him to back this for them. (I still laugh at remembering the internet hipsters who seemed to think that Obama’s election would mean a T1 line with full torrent speed in every house and free pot to smoke everyday.)
But the RIAA’s justification for pushing for these warrantless searches?
The common trait, the trade group contended, was that the businesses were in “closely regulated” industries in which “the pervasiveness and regularity of the government’s regulation reduces the owner’s expectation of privacy in his business records.”
So. Just to make that clear. The RIAA itself is saying that the government has eroded the fourth amendment to the point that grabbing a firehose and spraying down the mud isn’t going to hurt at this point. I mean, this is not an exaggeration, that is actually what they’re saying. “Well, you already let the government boss you around and get in your business. Why not some more?”
“We’re literally talking about walking into a plant, walking up to the line and ensuring that, indeed, the discs are in compliance,” he said. “I don’t think the scope of the search is something a regulator needs to be worried about.”
Those are the actual words of Marcus Cohen, RIAA executive. That is actually what he thinks will allay people’s fears. “Oh, we’ll just walk in and do what we like. What’s the big deal about that?” Nothing, if you’re the hero of a friggin’ console RPG and are used to wandering into random peoples’ homes and rifling through their belongings for stuff you need.
And despite the fact that it’s essentially admitted to be unconstitutional, I’m sure it will come as an utter shock to all of you that they nevertheless have the outright support of Democrat senator Alex Padilla behind them and it’s already passed multiple committees. A Democrat not giving a shit about the constitution, and pushing through unconstitutional laws? A California Democrat, at that? I know I was shaken to my core by such revelations.
Apparently we on the right have spent so much time worrying about the Second that we didn’t notice the Fourth was wounded until it was down and surrounded by hungry wolves. Or maybe we’re to blame for letting it take its licks in the first place because we wound up “okay” with it getting a few kicks when it served the “greater good”. But whoever put it in its current position, it’s pretty clear that the left has smelled blood. The Constitution, and specifically the Bill of Rights, was put there to outline and limit the government’s power, and as the Democrats have shown (and occasionally stated, when they got a little too honest), “limits on government power” is a dirty phrase considered somewhere on par with “your mother sucks cocks in Hell”. If they can effectively render one amendment from the bill of rights null and void, then that means the other ones are fair game. It would be precedent, just like the RIAA is using precedent to say “It’s already been broken, why not break it more?”
Now the question becomes, are we going to fight off the wolves, or just hope that there’s something left when they’re done eating?