Coming soon: Cops given access to all your text messages

by J. D. Heyes, Natural News  |  published on December 7, 2012

No doubt due in large part to the brazen, unchallenged lawlessness and lack of constitutional integrity demonstrated by a succession of presidential administrations, local and state-level law enforcement agencies are now beginning to look more like their federal brethren as they goose-step towards tyranny.

The latest maneuver involves an effort by several police organizations to have Congress require wireless providers like AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and others to record store information about users’ private text messages for up to two years, CNET reported recently.

The technology website said a letter outlining the suggestion, which was submitted to the Senate, would “require that wireless companies retain that information, warning that the lack of a current federal requirement ‘can hinder law enforcement investigations'” (no word on whether these “law enforcement” agencies were aware that the Fourth Amendment has not been repealed).

The police groups want an SMS retention requirement to be “considered” during upcoming discussions in Congress over updating a 1986 law dealing with privacy to reflect the modern cloud computing era – “a move that could complicate debate over the measure and erode support for it among civil libertarians,” the website reported.

‘All records should be retained for two years’

With the explosion in popularity of text messages over the past few years has come the use of them in criminal investigations and civil lawsuits. Texts have been introduced as evidence in cases of armed robbery, wire fraud, cocaine distribution and other prosecutions.

In a 2009 Michigan case, SkyTel, a wireless provider, handed over 626,638 texts, a number the judge in the case called “staggering.”

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