Saturday, May 23, 2009

Another Government Goon Squad is Coming to Kick in Your Door

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Bill of Rights

The FCC investigated a pirate radio station in Boulder, Colorado earlier this month and left a copy of their official inspection policy asserting that they have the authority to perform warrantless searches of private property if there is any FCC-licensed equipment on the property, including cordless phones, cell phones, wireless routers, intercom systems, and baby monitors.

The FCC can't even read the damned Constitution, especially Amendment IV of the Bill of Rights, which says:

The right of the people 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, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.


Easy to read and understand, as it specifically states that WE the People have the right to be secure in our homes, etc. against searches and seizures.

But the FCC is just another over funded and overgrown Fed entity that needs to justify its existence by stomping on the Bill of Rights, which most bureaucrats and DC politicians have contempt for, since it reins in their power.
A lot of tax money spent chasing down radio stations that typically only have enough power to broadcast a few blocks or a few miles.

Real threats to freedom, aren't they?

Since the FCC Commissars know they are in violation of the Bill of Rights, they had some in-house lawyers dance around Amendment 4 with these technicalities:
Q: The FCC Agent standing at my door does not have a search warrant, so I don't have to let him in, right?

A: Wrong. Search warrants are needed for entry involving criminal matters.

FCC, the only wrong here is that you have failed to read and understand the Bill of Rights. The protection against warrantless serarches says NOTHING about those searches being related to criminal matters.
Q: Well then, if I am a low-power broadcaster and don't have an FCC license, they need a search warrant, right?

A: Wrong again. The FCC agents have the authority to inspect all radio equipment; even if you do not have a license, the FCC can still inspect your equipment. Section 303(n) of the Act gives the FCC the right to inspect all "stations required to be licensed." This language covers your low-power radio station. The FCC agents are inspecting the equipment, not searching your house.

WRONG, again. FCC Goon Squads are agents of the federal government and as such, are required by law to report ANY suspicious activity, which means pretty much anything they don't like or understand.


For those people who love and cherish Freedom of Speech and the Bill of Rights, here's a link with advice on how to setup your own "pirate radio" station.

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