Friday, August 27, 2010

9th Circuit: You Don't Need No Stinkin' Privacy

In a ruling that added one more nail to the coffin of personal liberty, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that government agencies can place GPS tracking devices on your vehicle to surveil your movements without a warrant.

According to the 9th Circuit and Time Magazine:
This doesn't violate your Fourth Amendment rights, because you do not have any reasonable expectation of privacy in your own driveway — and no reasonable expectation that the government isn't tracking your movements. Read MORE>>>

However, this ruling becomes a little more disgusting after hearing this opinion from the courts.  "...the little personal privacy that still exists... should belong mainly to the rich."

Chief Justice Alex Kozinski in a dissenting opinion stated:
"There's been much talk about diversity on the bench, but there's one kind of diversity that doesn't exist," he wrote. "No truly poor people are appointed as federal judges, or as state judges for that matter." The judges in the majority, he charged, were guilty of "cultural elitism."  
and later added: "1984 may have come a bit later than predicted, but it's here at last. . . Some day, soon, we may wake up and find we're living in Oceania."

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has jurisdiction in California, Nevada, Alaska, Arizona, Montana, Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, and the Eastern & Western District of Washington state.

On the bright side, DC's US District Court of Appeals has had a contrary ruling regarding the use of GPS devices.  It ruled "that tracking for an extended period of time with GPS is an invasion of privacy that requires a warrant."  Experts believe the issue will resurface in the Supreme Court.

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