Thursday, August 26, 2010

Authorized surveillance state

It's here, in the Ninth Circuit:
Government agents can sneak onto your property in the middle of the night, put a GPS device on the bottom of your car and keep track of everywhere you go. This doesn't violate your Fourth Amendment rights, because you do not have any reasonable expectation of privacy in your own driveway - and no reasonable expectation that the government isn't tracking your movements.

That is the bizarre - and scary - rule that now applies in California and eight other Western states. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which covers this vast jurisdiction, recently decided the government can monitor you in this way virtually anytime it wants - with no need for a search warrant.
The Government's New Right to Track Your Every Move With GPS

Found via David Codrea's War on Guns

Welcome to the surveillance state. It's official.

2 comments:

Charles said...

No reasonable expectation of privacy? Maybe they ought to read the 9th Amendment. Oh, I forgot, the Constitution is just a piece of paper, and as a "living document" subject to interpretation as required.

strandediniowa said...

Is it reasonable to encrypt communications to keep snoopers out? - No, that's a sign of a terrorist.

Use cash - Uh oh, you could be a drug dealer.

I framed this once as would you tolerate your neighbor drilling a hole in the fence to keep an eye on your back yard, or stand outside your bedroom window?

No. So why would we tolerate it here?

Oh and try to get information from "closed door hearings" of government bureaucrats. Good luck.

I guess they have a higher level of privacy.