It is a sad day for freedom when your power company become an agent for law enforcement. Is the danger from cannabis so great that we must give up our privacy?A sad day indeed. Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson is fond of saying that there is no greater enemy of liberty than a local city council, and this is a great example. This is the very first time I've wished my electric service was provided by TXU instead of a city-owned utility company. At least with them police would need a warrant to access my customer data, but Austin Energy's "hand it all over" policy encourages pointless police fishing expeditions that waste scarce police manpower and violate utility customers' privacy rights.
The War on Drugs makes us all less safe and less free. Austin Police have 127 unsolved murders they could be working on. Instead theyare they wasting resources on indoor pot farms. Unplug your tanning bed and hot tub or else expect Austin SWAT to visit.
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Austin police busy searching utility records without a warrant while 127 murders go unsolved
Blogger and former prosecutor turned defense counsel Robert Guest at I Was the State publishes a great piece of bloggerly research to confirm through an open records request that the city-owned utility company, Austin Energy, is providing customer data to Austin police - without a warrant, thank you very much. After all, we're all just one big happy family at the City of Austin! What's a little thing like a warrant among friends? Writes Guest: