Source: Supreme Court [PDF]
quote: ...unanimously (9-0) that it is illegal for police to track citizens without warrant, using GPS.
quote: There ARE reasons why police would GPS tag a car.
quote: Whoa... Does everyone grasp the significance of this?
quote: This was just an improved method of tracking someone of interest. This is NOT a random GPS tagging...It's done as you have done something to become a person of interest.
quote: So many times when a discussion of Constitutional rights comes up (boy we've had a lot of those lately) someone will make a comment like "Well the Constitution doesn't say anything about the Internet, so we have no rights to use it!". Or something similar. That is the wrong way to view the Constitution.The highlighted statements from the judge in the article is the perfect way to interpret the Constitution. Just because the Founders didn't specifically mention vehicles or GPS devices, doesn't mean the Government can do whatever the hell it wants. The intent of the Constitution and the Amendments were to defend our rights FROM the Government. Not put us in a subservient role TO the Government from which all our rights and freedoms come down to nothing more than a literal translation of the document.So often the lawmakers view the Constitution as nothing more than a barrier for which they have to find loopholes in to do whatever the hell they want to us. That is wrong and I'm relieved beyond words to see that, at least some judges, still care about the reason it was written in the first place.
quote: See I told you not to lose hope, Reclaimer! ;)
quote: Maybe the 9-0 decision was because Obama told his Federal attorneys, that were defending the governments prior positions, to go ahead and lose this one. A similar situation arose when Obama had to defend DOMA. Because DOMA was a federal law the Obama administration legally had to defend it. The federal 'effort' was pretty weak because they didn't really support the law. I imagine the same thing happened here.
quote: And Jason's headline was also completely inaccurate.
quote: 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."
quote: Idon't see the use of this device as a real concern for law-abiding citizens. It's a way of stream-lining police efforts.
quote: btw....Every Cell Phone owner is carrying a GPS tracking device, so the police will only have to get court order showing your movement through your phone.
quote: Idon't see the use of this device as a real concern for law-abiding citizens. It's a way of stream-lining police efforts. Why have officers tail a suspect all day when you can tag the car.
quote: Every Cell Phone owner is carrying a GPS tracking device, so the police will only have to get court order showing your movement through your phone.
quote: why does the police have to take a back seat to marketing companies.
quote: I mean Bush was simply an idiot uber-cliche Republican president, so it is expected a law like that would be proposed and passed (Patriot Act), but Obama? It seems so out of place that such an unpopular law with universal dissent from both parties would be moved forward by two completely different presidents.
quote: The occupation of Iraq (tremendously expensive) is almost over. So why are we still paying the same amount of taxes?
quote: Because unlike every other war in US history, taxes were not raised to pay for the cost of the war. So if taxes weren't raised to pay for the war, why should there be a deduction after the war ends?Nevermind the giant deficit we currently have; lets reduce even MORE revenue! What could happen?
quote: Yes but the deficit you allude to is a side effect of giving an effect 0% tax rate (or even government refunds) to a favored handful of corporations and billions in special interest grants.
quote: since you have no flipping idea what it is to be poor.
quote: and i live off a 75% of minimum wage disability check!
quote: Nevermind the giant deficit we currently have; lets reduce even MORE revenue! What could happen?
quote: Oh cmon. We're "only" spending about 180% of what we take in.
quote: Revenue is NOT the problem, spending is.
quote: Have you ever actually run a business?
quote: So why are we still paying the same amount of taxes?