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Dennis Hirsch


Professor Dennis Hirsch quoted in Newsweek article discussing Donald Trump activists and the U.S. Capitol riots

January 27, 2021 | Media News

Professor Dennis Hirsch, an expert in the area of data and privacy law, was recently quoted in an article by Newsweek titled, “MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough Doesn’t Understand Why Trump Activists Aren’t Under Surveillance.”

Hirsch told Newsweek that this was decided by the Supreme Court in the 1972 Keith case that said the Fourth Amendment does apply to national security investigations of Americans.

“It’s particularly important that it do apply, because national security investigations are often very vague and broad ranging,” Hirsch said. “If the Fourth Amendment didn’t apply to them, we’d create a huge loophole, which the court said could deter vigorous citizen dissent and discussion of government action.”

“There’s no reason to believe that the Biden administration or the courts will not treat the constitutional rights of Americans seriously,” Hirsch said.

“These Fourth Amendment protections are well established. Courts enforce them. Law enforcement agencies generally abide by them and there’s no indications as yet, that there’s going to be any attempt to change that,” he added.

Hirsch also appeared on an episode of the CyberWire podcast to discuss the privacy concerns that have arisen as a result of the riots at the U.S. Capitol.