Monday, May 11, 2009

Wisconsin: the KGB-Friendly State!

Thanks to Eggster for pointing out the worst part of the ruling.

Wisconsin police can attach GPS to cars to secretly track anybody's movements without obtaining search warrants, an appeals court ruled Thursday.

When they said "anybody," that's exactly what they meant:

...police can mount GPS on cars to track people without violating their constitutional rights -- even if the drivers aren't suspects

Just charming.

1 comment:

Random10 said...

I nominate this as the money quote from the Tribute link:

"Officers do not need to get warrants beforehand because GPS tracking does not involve a search or a seizure, Judge Paul Lundsten wrote for the unanimous three-judge panel based in Madison".

The Court is saying that examining a private vehicle for a place to attach a GPS tracking devise is not a violation, because an examination is not a search,. In practice, the courts have been watering down 4th amendment rights for years and anything in plain sight forfeits Constitutional protections. What is the big deal if DNR officers leave a big neon glowing GPS tracking unit in the middle of your windshield?

Searching for a place on your car that is not in plain sight is a different matter. I suppose the reasoning will follow the lines that searching is not searching if the intention is not to seize. In our brave new America, words mean only what the Courts want them to mean. Besides, it is a shepherd’s duty to track the flock and the Nanny’s job to keep an eye on those in her care.

*** correct post this time :)