The surprising thing about the Supreme Court's decision on police searches of cell phones was its unanimity. Aligned on the same side of a major law enforcement issue were liberal and conservative justices who normally fight like cats and dogs. All agreed that it's intolerable to let cops ransack the voluminous contents of mobile phones.
Who could disagree? Well, cops, of course. And the Obama administration, writes Steve Chapman.
Barack Obama led Americans to believe that he would be far more sensitive to privacy and civil liberties than George W. Bush. But more often than not, he reflexively indulges the demands of law enforcement agencies—and, for that matter, all agencies. In clashes between government and the individual, the president almost invariably sides with the former, observes Chapman.