Can Feds track the GPS of every American?
8 Nov, 2011 22:54
The Supreme Court today began talks over what legalities could exist to allow authorities to secretly track global positioning system devices on everyday Americans. Is it a haunting transformation into an Orwellian society?
Pending their verdict, it very well could be“You could tomorrow decide that you put a GPS device on every one of our cars, follow us for a month; no problem under the Constitution?" Chief Justice John Robertsuld asked to a government lawyer in Washington DC this week. Should the court come to a consensus that would allow for such action, that could very certainly be the future of America. “It shows how far we’ve come,” radio host Alex Jones told RT. Only five years ago, he said, President George W Bush was falsely denying the authorities were monitoring phone calls of Americans. Only one administration later, however, the American judicial system is identifying ways to legalize constant surveillance over every American.Up for debate exactly is whether the government could monitor GPS-systems in cars and elsewhere in order to keep track of the actions of Americans. The ruling would limit surveillance to public places — which would more or less mean the only haven for most would be their own residences. The case has escalated in the years since 2005 when Antoine Jones, a suspected drug dealer, was bugged with a GPS device by Washington DC police. They monitored his movements for a month before bringing charges against him which ended with a life sentence — until, that is, a federal appeals court overruled the decision. The surveillance was conducted for four weeks on Jones without authorities ever obtaining a warrant. Now, however, the Obama administration is challenging that ruling in a decision which could keep the feds’ eyes all over America with no warrant whatsoever.According to the US Constitution’s Fourth Amendment, "the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated." The Obama administration seems adamant to make such surveillance legal, but some Supreme Court judges and throngs of Americans are quick to point out the problems with the notion. Justice Antonin Scalia clearly sees what violations would erupt of the president has his way. "When that device is installed against the will of the owner of the car, that is unquestionably a trespass … an unreasonable search and seizure,” said Scalia. "If you win this case then there is nothing to prevent the police or the government from monitoring 24 hours a day the public movement of every citizen of the United States. … So if you win, you suddenly produce what sounds like '1984'," Justice Stephen Breyer commented. To RT, Alex Jones added that this is just only the latest maneuver to keep the government’s presence on the citizens of America never-ending. He points to federal TSA agents now on the highways of the country operating checkpoints and noted that “The FBI can’t randomly grope people’s genitals but the TSA does.”“They are the revolutionaries,” added Jones, “overthrowing our republic and replacing it with an Orwellian homeland.”According to Jones, such surveillance is already widespread but carried out by corporations such as Facebook.“We’re sold by Zuckerberg, by Schmitt of Google. Hey, don’t do something online if you don’t want the public to see it,” he said. “It’s just an attempt to overwhelm us and get in our face.”Even outside of the private sector, Jones added that this is nothing new.“I see court rulings where judges say don’t bring the Constitution in our courtrooms,” Jones said. “That is America!”Jones continued that other nations across the country have implemented similar measured in order to rule the people. Those countries, he says, were the corrupt governments throughout history.“I am living in something out of a third world dictator and it is getting worse by the minute,” Jones said.“They want to feed on and gather intelligence against the general public to bring in tyranny,” he said, “When you are against the Bill of Rights and Constitution, you are against this republic that has been a shining light of freedom in this world.”“I don’t think North Korea goes to this level,” he added.