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FCC can search homes without a warrant, agency says

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posted on May, 21 2009 @ 10:45 AM
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FCC can search homes without a warrant, agency says


rawstory.com

Have a Wi-Fi router? If you do — and it uses an unlicensed frequency — you could be subject to a warrantless search of your home.

Federal Communications Commission guidelines stipulate that the agency can enter property when it suspects radio frequency energy is being abused. The provision, which was originally intended to aid the monitoring of unlicensed radio and tv stations, now has a broader range of application as more consumers join the wi-fi ranks.
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posted on May, 21 2009 @ 10:45 AM
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“The FCC claims it derives its warrantless search power from the Communications Act of 1934, though the constitutionality of the claim has gone untested in the courts,” Wired’s Ryan Singer wrote. “That’s largely because the FCC had little to do with average citizens for most of the last 75 years, when home transmitters were largely reserved to ham-radio operators and CB-radio aficionados. But in 2009, nearly every household in the United States has multiple devices that use radio waves and fall under the FCC’s purview, making the commission’s claimed authority ripe for a court challenge.”

The Electronic Frontier foundation, an online privacy group, called the FCC’s interpretation a “major stretch.”


Lol, Lord...All the ways they can get you! But why even worry about this when all they have to do is claim you are terrorist, broadcasting anti-government activism of any sort?

I guess it's high time a court case came up on this- but any bets on what the ruling will be when it makes it all the way to the Supreme Court?


Nope, no WiFi routers of Mass Deception over here...

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posted on May, 21 2009 @ 10:59 AM
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"Have a Wi-Fi router? If you do — and it uses an unlicensed frequency — you could be subject to a warrantless search of your home."

This sounds more like a push by the FCC to get Wi-Fi frequencies licensed to specific bands.. because they are not currently licensed to any spectrum.



posted on May, 21 2009 @ 11:02 AM
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They need to quit acting like we still have rights and just be honest about the jack booted government that they have created.


And the people are still asleep at the wheel.......

[edit on 21-5-2009 by bismarcksea]



posted on Jun, 1 2009 @ 04:46 PM
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I suppose that soon two way radio/cell phones will be determined to use an unlicensed frequency because if the dual purpose use to be arbitrarily determined to fall outside of the licensing rules as interpreted bt the FFCC.

Determining that they had gotten away with it ilegally for years by surreptitiously offering two forms of radio transmission within the devices and the service being compound, would give the FCC discression to perform warrentless searches unless the service were to seperate the functions using seperate licensed frequencies, thus forcing the providers to purchase additional band width that is unneccessary with the current threshold of unused bandwidth already reserved with in the capacity currently licensed.

Sounds reasonable, whether it makes sense or not.

Ripe for judicial review alright.

What bext? It's anyones guess. the looney-er the better.

[edit on 1-6-2009 by imd12c4funn]



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