from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Performed without a warrant.


From warrant +‎ -less. (Wiktionary)


  • The President admits that on forty-five different occasions he granted authorization for wiretapping without a FISA court warrant -- what I call warrantless wiretapping, outside the law.

    What Paris Means

  • CNN: Government held liable in warrantless wiretapping case

    POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: April 1, 2010

  • This a question Hatch asked to Holder upon his confirmation: Hatch: Now, do you believe that the president has whoever is POTUS has inherent authority under Article 2 of the Constitutional to engage in warrantless foreign intell surveillance?

    Domestic surveillance program began soon after 9/11

  • Now you, too, can engage in warrantless wiretapping!

    Boing Boing

  • AT&T billing site makes jokes about company's participation in warrantless wiretapping?

    Boing Boing

  • In addition to Marty's and my posts on why the proposed FISA bill gives the President a blank check to engage in warrantless electronic surveillance, it appears that the Specter bill also gives the President a blank check to engage in warrantless physical searches -- i.e. breaking and entering -- as long as he claims that he is engaged in foreign intelligence surveillance.


  • Several courts of appeals held, pre-FISA, that the President has "inherent" constitutional authority to engage in warrantless electronic surveillance for purposes of foreign affairs or national security, even where such surveillance might intercept communications of U.S. persons -- at least as long as the surveillance passes Fourth Amendment muster.


  • Thus, even if those courts of appeals you cite were correct that the President would have "inherent" constitutional authority to engage in warrantless electronic surveiilance, FISA placed limits on such surveillance and specifically restricted the President from doing what his "inherent" powers might allow.


  • (Barney Frank to the same effect: "What we now have is a Congressional leadership, the Republican part of which has said it is okay for law enforcement to engage in warrantless searches of the average citizen, now objecting when a search, pursuant to a validly issued warrant, is conducted of a Member of Congress.")


  • McClellan said the Clinton-Gore administration had engaged in warrantless physical searches, and he cited an FBI search of the home of CIA turncoat Aldrich Ames without permission from a judge.

    January 2006


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