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By Andrew P. Napolitano
Fourth Amendment says Obama is not at liberty to collect metadata
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Dan Emmett
The House voted Wednesday to grant all ex-presidents lifetime Secret Service protection, arguing that in a world of terrorist threats, such a precaution has become necessary.
Two decades ago, Congress passed a bill canceling former presidents' Secret Service protection 10 years after they left office, beginning with George W. Bush. But now, with the war on terrorism presenting new dangers and presidents taking more active roles around the globe, the House did an about-face Wednesday.
He said ex-presidents are wealthy enough that they could pay for their own security — as former President Nixon did when he gave up his Secret Service detail in 1985.
"Protecting former presidents is phenomenally expensive and largely a courtesy rather than a necessity," said Mr. Emmett, who was in the Secret Service from 1983 through 2004. "Although an attack on a former president could happen any day, it is highly unlikely."