August 30, 2010
It's official; government can plant homing devices on you, and there's not a thing you can do about it.
From the Federalist Patriot:
"The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has ruled that, according to Time Magazine, "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."
The case is that of Juan Pineda-Moreno, an Oregon man whom Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents began tracking in 2007 on suspicion that he was growing marijuana. They snuck into his driveway in the middle of the night and placed a GPS tracking device on his Jeep. A three-judge panel on the Ninth Circuit ruled in January that such tracking was legal, and this month the whole court let the ruling stand.
Time also reports, "Chief Judge Alex Kozinski, who dissented from this month's decision refusing to reconsider the case, pointed out whose homes are not open to strangers: rich people's. The court's ruling, he said, means that people who protect their homes with electric gates, fences and security booths have a large protected zone of privacy around their homes. People who cannot afford such barriers have to put up with the government sneaking around at night."
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has ruled opposite the Ninth Circuit that such tracking requires a warrant. Thus, the issue is likely to end up before the U.S. Supreme Court."
Big brother is watching you! How long before BHO wants to surgically implant a GPS in your hand or on your forehead?
Posted by: Mike W at August 30, 2010 03:32 PM (P0YbT)
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