GPS – part of the problem

I AM a geek!

I do have to admit that – if the world we know it came to an end – much like the US invading Russia – I would be a bit hard-pressed because I do love technology.

I love what we have evolved into. The human race is very, very clever. To look at some and how they think you could be mistaken for thinking that we had devolved, but that is another story.

I was amazed when I first heard about GPS, I thought about how that is a real cock-on idea. Being able to get your position anywhere in the world? Amazing. But the CNN crime question is: Is GPS a high-tech crime-fighting tool or Big Brother? Well, it’s a bit of both.

As with so many good technological things, government gets their hands on it and without any real thought they use it – of course, to make things easier for themselves.

“Law enforcement has a legitimate right to try to solve crimes and track suspects, provided that there are protections so that the innocent are not improperly snooped upon,” said Norman Reimer, executive director of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

That’s where you get the Big Brother tag. This is why I am so opposed to ID cards in my native England – they won’t be used for what the government says they will – as proven with the 400,000 people on a database of suspects DNA. And if you think that doesn’t happen in the US and other countries, you are really mistaken.

Utilising technology for the good of the larger populace is a good thing – utilising it for the advancement of government snooping is bad and can never be good.

A recent case illustrates how investigators use the technology.

Court documents show Fairfax County, Virginia, police followed David Lee Foltz Jr. without a warrant in February by placing a GPS device inside the bumper of his van.

Police began watching Foltz, who had previously been convicted of rape, after 11 attacks on women in the area where he lived, The Washington Post reported.

Foltz is facing trial, charged with abduction and sexual battery. He is charged in connection with an attack that happened after the monitoring began, according to the Post.

[He]said the tracking constituted illegal search and seizure, a violation of his client’s Fourth Amendment right.

Another diktat about the American Constitution – you only have these rights if the government says you can. Not the constitution you were taught about in school, eh?

The Supreme Court has yet to address GPS tracking without warrants, so the legal standards vary from state to state. Most allow it or haven’t ruled on it. Courts in Washington and Oregon, however, have ruled police need a warrant before using GPS.

“It’s a wonderful tool for law enforcement,” Reimer said.

“The question always comes down to how much are we willing to give up in freedom and privacy for how much marginal increase in our security.”

I did giggle at that – I always though that Americans would die before giving up their freedom – seems that isn’t the case when the government sells this shite.

Ever noticed how it is the neo-right who both agree with this stuff about catching the criminal and spouting how America is the freest nation on Earth?


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0 Responses to GPS – part of the problem

  1. leapsecond says:

    Utilising technology for the good of the larger populace is a good thing – utilising it for the advancement of government snooping is bad and can never be good.

    And now you’ve figured out why pure socialism (read: not Obama’s policies) is bound to fail. Humans, unfortunately, are corruptible, and that’s what would happen with a total socialist government.

  2. lunawolf says:

    Everything should require a warrant. Why this hasn’t been addressed is beyond me. But you’re right, the neocons are always spouting off that no one should have a problem if they aren’t doing anything wrong. Well, there’s plenty of personal things I do that aren’t wrong that the gov’ment has NO BUSINESS knowing.

  3. PiedType says:

    Warrants used to be required. And then along came Bush.

  4. museditions says:

    Cheers to the above commenters. I’m a private person; what I do in my own closet is my own business; but I don’t do (very many) bad things. 😉

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