CONGRESS QUIETLY PASSED A BILL ALLOWING WARRANTLESS SEARCHES OF HOMES; ONLY 1% OPPOSED IT
Rachel Blevins of The Free Thought Project
A bill that will allow homes to be searched without a warrant was passed with overwhelming support by the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Trump—and it happened with no media coverage and very little fanfare.
On the surface, House Joint Resolution 76 looks harmless. The title of the bill claims that its purpose is “Granting the consent and approval of Congress for the Commonwealth of Virginia, the State of Maryland, and the District of Columbia to enter into a compact relating to the establishment of the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission.”
“Whereas the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, an interstate compact agency of the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the State of Maryland, provides transportation services to millions of people each year, the safety of whom is paramount; Whereas an effective and safe Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority system is essential to the commerce and prosperity of the National Capital region; Whereas the Tri-State Oversight Committee, created by a memorandum of understanding amongst these 3 jurisdictions, has provided safety oversight of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.”
The proposal for a safety commission to act as a wing of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority may sound logical, when its power includes thing such as the ability to “Adopt, revise, and distribute a written State Safety Oversight Program” and to “Review, approve, oversee, and enforce the adoption and implementation of WMATA’s Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan.”
However, there is one major red flag buried within the text of the bill that stems from the list of “powers” given to the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission, and it violates one of the basic tenets of the U.S. Constitution.
“In performing its duties, the Commission, through its Board or designated employees or agents, may:Enter upon the WMATA Rail System and, upon reasonable notice and a finding by the chief executive officer that a need exists, upon any lands, waters, and premises adjacent to the WMATA Rail System, including, without limitation, property owned or occupied by the federal government, for the purpose of making inspections, investigations, examinations, and testing as the Commission may deem necessary to carry out the purposes of this MSC Compact, and such entry shall not be deemed a trespass
The text gives the Commission the authority to enter property near the Metro Rail System “without limitation” and without a warrant, for the purpose of “making inspections, investigations, examinations, and testing.”
This clearly goes against the Fourth Amendment, which states that Americans’ rights “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.”
When the bill was brought to a vote in the House of Representatives, there were only five Congressmen who voted against it: Representatives Justin Amash, a Republican from Michigan; Walter Jones, a Republican from North Carolina; Thomas Massie, a Republican from Kentucky; Alex Mooney, a Republican from West Virginia; and Mark Sanford, a Republican from South Carolina.
Amash called out the hypocrisy surrounding the fact that even though this legislation is in clear violation of the Constitution, it was passed by Congress with overwhelming support. “Only 5 of us voted against bill allowing govt to enter/search private property in parts of VA, MD & DC w/o warrant,” He wrote on Twitter.
This is not the first time Congress has quietly passed a bill that will take away some of the most basic rights from law-abiding citizens in the U.S., and it won’t be the last. One of the most important things to remember about this legislation is that it was ignored by the media, and while it may only affect the Washington D.C. metro area now, it could be laying the blueprint for future legislation across the country.
“All legislation that violates the U.S. Constitution is void”.
Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist, #78, 1788
H.J.Res.76 — 115th Congress (2017-2018) clearly states that upon reasonable notice and a finding by the chief executive officer that a need exists, upon any lands, waters, and premises adjacent to the WMATA Rail System they may enter said premise, along with any federal buildings nearby, without need for warrants and it will not be deemed as trespassing, or as I would prefer to say, breaking and entering with intent to commit habitation.
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Hoyer, Steny H. [D-MD-5] (Introduced 02/16/2017) is just one of many violations of the United States Constitution and a trampling on the rights and privacy of citizens.
In this case, the Fourth Amendment:
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.
The Fourth Amendment was originally enacted to enforce that each woman’s home is her castle, secure in the belief that she was protected from unreasonable searches and seizures of her property by the city, county, state or federal government. It protects against arbitrary arrests, and is the basis of the law regarding search warrants, stop-and-frisk, safety inspections, wiretaps, and other forms of surveillance, as well as being central to many other criminal law topics and to privacy law.
This new law is just another paddyroller/slave patrol law to control the movements, actions, and whereabouts of Black women, men, and children. Now, just who do you think will be affected the most by this draconian travesty? If you guessed White people, I can find a broken, malfunctioning feces-filled toilet to sell to you.
Black people have always been under surveillance in this lie of a nation. In the segregated Bantustan we live in, our actions were watched, documented, compiled, researched to find ways to destroy us. That still holds true.
Hell, this is already happening in Houston, TX.
Anyone, and I mean anyone, who rides the Metro Train Rail is subject to a violation of the Fourth Amendment. You can be randomly stopped, demanded of your boarding pass/bus card for transit fare. The Host High help you if your fare has run past the time limit. Do you have the right to refuse showing your fare and drivers licence? Well, if you want to dispute the transit cops, go ahead. I’m sure the Fourth Amendment will mean nothing to them as I have seen them detain people and ask for a transit fare proof. If unable to give proof, they will demand your ID, write down the number, keep it in a file and after three no-shows on the fare, will put it in a record against you. As for these searches on the train, comes with the territory. It is what it is.
I draw the line on the searching of “any” premise near or adjacent to any metro rail facility/line.
Now, as for the entering any building (homes included) on the Metro Rail system, this is a test case.
If it works, it will be implemented throughout metro rail systems all within the 50 states.
This rolling up into Black people’s homes is nothing new.
And just what is “reasonable notice”. A gentle Avon Lady knock on the door? A battering ram SWAT team door kick-in? A flame thrower blast from the past on the domicile? A Gatlin gun-type bombardment that riddles the home into looking like Swiss cheese? Hmm? Excuse us, we are not here for civil forfeiture; we are just here for some tea and crumpets? Just what is reasonable notice?
Let’s take the word adjacent. “Adjacent to” is not the same as attached to.
- 1.next to or adjoining something else.“adjacent rooms”
synonyms: adjoining, neighboring, next-door, abutting, contiguous, proximate; More
Any domicile or business next to the WMATA is subject to unreasonable searches and seizures.
Whites, whether law official or not, have had carte blanche to this vile and sick behavior for centuries, and this will never stop.
Black people, we are still in the grasp of war. War against us has never let up nor will it ever cease.
Oh, and for those of you who did not pay close attention to the beginning of my assessment, realize that all Demobats in Congress voted for this bill with only 5 Rethuglicans voting against it.
What I want to know is this: where was the mind of Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee when this KKK bill was pushed through? Where was the conscious of Rep. Al Green when this filth was implemented?
Now, what does that tell you about those who are sworn in to uphold and protect the citizens they are elected to serve?