It seems like there is a concerted effort to attack Rand Paul these days for his views on the Fourth Amendment and how the Federal Government is violating it for the sake of security. People like Andrew McCarthy, Paul Mirengoff and Jen Rubin have all come out with anti-Rand Paul pieces in the last couple of days. Andrew McCarthy and Paul Mirengoff (who quotes McCarthy) were particularly stinging (partly because I have stopped caring what Jen Rubin things, while I am a fan of McCarthy and Mirengoff) with McCarthy saying Rand Paul wants to promote crime and Mirengoff saying that Rand Paul is ignorant and embarrasses himself.
What did Rand Paul do that was so bad? So ignorant? So embarrassing? He introduced the Fourth Amendment Restoration Act of 2013 which says very simply:
The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution shall not be construed to allow any agency of the United States Government to search the phone records of Americans without a warrant based on probable cause.
Oh the horror. How embarrassing, how ignorant! This will open the floodgates to crime! Really? Is it so hard just to get a friggin warrant if you have probable cause? I really don't see what the big deal about that is. What McCarthy (who is a former federal prosecutor so he probably naturally isn't so keen on the rights of the accused anyway) is upset about is that Rand Paul considers this to be a fourth amendment issue at all. He writes: