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woo me with science Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-27-11 02:13 PM
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Supreme Court to decide if police need a warrant to attach GPS tracking devices.
Edited on Mon Jun-27-11 02:22 PM by woo me with science
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/06/27/idUSN1E75Q0PY...

US Supreme Court to decide police GPS tracking case

Mon Jun 27, 2011 12:09pm EDT
By James Vicini

WASHINGTON, June 27 (Reuters) - The Supreme Court is to rule on whether a 220-year-old amendment to the U.S. Constitution prevents police from using 21st century tracking technology to keep tabs on criminal suspects.

The court said on Monday it would decide whether police need a warrant to use a global positioning system device to track a suspect's movements in a case about privacy rights and new surveillance technology.

It agreed to hear an Obama administration appeal arguing that secretly attaching the tracking device to the suspect's vehicle to monitor his movements did not violate his constitutional privacy rights.

The justices will consider a precedent-setting ruling by a U.S. appeals court that the police must obtain a warrant to use the GPS device for an extended period of time to covertly follow a suspect.

Civil liberties groups have hailed that ruling for extending the protections against unreasonable searches under the Constitution's Fourth Amendment to modern tracking technologies.


The Supreme Court case is United States v. Antoine Jones, No. 10-1259.

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MadHound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-27-11 02:18 PM
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1. Ooo, the Supreme Court is caught on the horns of dilemma
Do they follow their path of late where they continue to shred the Constitution, or do they follow their gut desire to screw the president.

Hmm, we might just be saved from this travesty by the simple fact that many on the SC despise the president.

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ProgressiveProfessor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-27-11 02:23 PM
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2. Someone needs to invent a dectector so they can be found and destroyed
When it becomes too expensive, the abuse will stop.
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BR_Parkway Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-27-11 02:26 PM
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3. Now why wouldn't they want to convince a judge to issue a warrant....?
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CelticThunder Donating Member (460 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-27-11 02:56 PM
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4. It is SHAMEFUL that the Obama Administration believes it has the right to secretly track people
without a warrant.

BEYOND shameful. If the Bush Administration did this, Bush would be eviscerated on this board by everyone!

It's just as shameful and disgusting and vile when Obama wants to do it.
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WinkyDink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-27-11 06:42 PM
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7. The completely specious argument is that "the roads are public."
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RC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-27-11 03:14 PM
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5. In a mentality healthy country, this would be a No Brainer.
Yes, you do need a warrant.
However, since this is the United States, the decision will go which ever way that will do the most long term damage.
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woo me with science Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-27-11 06:40 PM
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6. One more step... nt
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lostnfound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-27-11 06:48 PM
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8. Rock, paper scissors
"Desire to side against Obama" beats "desire to expand police state."
Corporate welfare beats desire to side against Obama.
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