Friday, August 27, 2010

Court: Big Brother may track you

Remember when "warrantless" searches were considered a bad thing? In California, the left-wing Federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals says that that time has past. CNN reports:
Law enforcement officers may secretly place a GPS device on a person's car without seeking a warrant from a judge, according to a recent federal appeals court ruling in California.
The court specifically gave the OK to sneaking onto a driveway and placing the GPS device on your car. In a bit of class-ism, the ruling does not apply if you park your car in a garage: that would still require a warrant.

The Chief Justice of the Ninth Circuit, a Reagan appointee, dissented.

It seems reasonable to me that law enforcement should occasionally be allowed to track suspects with GPS but, because the potential for abuse of this is so great, such as the tracking of political opponents, court approval should be required.

Hat tip: Leonard Stone.

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