In the name of providing greater security for the Metrorail subway system that serves the District of Columbia, Maryland Virginia, the new House Joint Resolution 76 creates the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission.
The Commission will act as a wing of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) with the ability to create a safety oversight program.
Buried deep in the bill is a clause that provides a red flag for those concerned about constitutional rights being upheld.
The list of powers granted to the Commission contains one that’s in clear violation of the Fourth Amendment.
The text gives the Commission the authority to enter property near the Metro Rail System “without limitation” and without a warrant, for the purpose of “making inspections, investigations, examinations, and testing.”
It further notes that such entry into an adjacent property shall not be “deemed a trespass.” Here’s the full text of the clause:
In performing its duties, the Commission, through its Board or designated employees or agents, may: Enter upon the WMATA Rail System and, upon reasonable notice and a finding by the chief executive officer that a need exists, upon any lands, waters, and premises adjacent to the WMATA Rail System, including, without limitation, property owned or occupied by the federal government, for the purpose of making inspections, investigations, examinations, and testing as the Commission may deem necessary to carry out the purposes of this MSC Compact, and such entry shall not be deemed a trespass.”
Amazingly, the bill sailed through the House of Representatives and was opposed by only five Republican congressmen:
Justin Amash of Michigan; Walter Jones of North Carolina; Thomas Massie of Kentucky; Alex Mooney of West Virginia; and Mark Sanford of South Carolina.
It received unanimous consent by the Senate and was signed by President Donald Trump last Tuesday.
The bill received no coverage in the mainstream media despite its blatantly unconstitutional power grab. Because it simply concentrates more power in the hands of government at the expense of civil liberties, Democrats and their media acolytes see nothing wrong with it.
Thought its authority is confined to the Washington D.C. area, the public should hope it’s not a blueprint for similar actions in other parts of the country.
Source: The Free Thought Project