The Government Can Use GPS
to Track Your Moves
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth District recently decided the government can plant GPS devices to your car and monitor you everywhere you go. The Ninth Circuit, which covers California and eight other Western states, decided this type of government activity does not violate the Fourth Amendment, that the government can do this virtually anytime it wants without a search warrant. http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2013150,00.html
Quoting from The People’s Guide to the US Constitution:
The right of the people to be secure [safe] in their persons, houses, papers, and effects [personal belongings], against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause [“probable cause” means a valid reason in presuming someone is guilty of some illegal act], supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
Earlier, in Great Britain and in the thirteen colonies, the government could search any person or place it wanted to search without legitimate cause or reason.
This amendment, however, only protects a person where the invasion of privacy is “unreasonable.” It is not considered unreasonable for the police to look into a person’s car or house after an arrest or to follow a suspected criminal across private property in order to make an arrest.
How do you feel about the Ninth Circuit’s recent decision?