Conservatives not understanding the Fourth Amendment spells trouble

Kelley Beaucar Vlahos at Fox News does a great job reporting on use of "administrative subpoenas" for warrantless searches of medical records ("DEA blasted for no-warrant searches of patient records, court battle heats up"). American Thinker reported on this story back on July 20 ("Feds Get the Power to Seize Medical Records on 'Fishing Expedition' Investigations with No Subpoena from a Judge") with a more detailed explanation of why administrative subpoenas generally are institutionalized violations of the Fourth Amendment.  The AT piece is worth re-reading to get the bigger picture. Hot Air covered the story by Vlahos, but with an unfortunate takeaway: The first is the increasing use of administrative subpoenas to gain access to the patient records. You can read a full explanation of what an administrative subpoena is here, as well as restrictions on their use and what they are intended to capture. These are not the same as a...(Read Full Post)

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