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Supreme Court: Warrants needed in GPS tracking

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  1. Real World

    Real World Moderator Staff Member

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    I'm very happy with this ruling. Score one for the people, and for the constitution.


    Supreme Court: Warrants needed in GPS tracking


    By Robert Barnes, Updated: Monday, January 23, 12:32 PM


    The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that police must obtain a search warrant before using a GPS device to track criminal suspects. But the justices left for another day larger questions about how technology has altered a person’s expectation of privacy.

    Justice Antonin Scalia wrote that the government needed a valid warrant before attaching a GPS device to the Jeep used by D.C. drug kingpin Antoine Jones, who was convicted in part because police tracked his movements on public roads for 28 days.

    “We hold that the government’s installation of a GPS device on a target’s vehicle, and its use of that device to monitor the vehicle’s movements, constitutes a ‘search’ ” under the Fourth Amendment’s protection against unreasonable searches and seizures, Scalia wrote.


    Supreme Court: Warrants needed in GPS tracking - The Washington Post
     
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    well, they'll throw us a bone every once in a great while, sure... Bush's 5-4 doesn't want a full revolution on their hands, afterall.

    doesn't change the fact that legislation like the NDAA completely trumps it, and gives these plutocrats all the power they need to extrapolate definitions and curtail dissent.
     
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    Good decision..
     
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    #18 Jersey

    Although I love the idea of tracking drug dealers using gps devices, I would never want gov't officials to be able to use them without reasonable cause.

    I'd also like to see them used on our politicians!:D
     

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