Friday, August 27, 2010

TIME Magazine: The Government Can Use GPS to Track Your Moves

by Adam Cohen

Government agents can sneak onto your property in the middle of the night, put a GPS device on the bottom of your car and keep track of everywhere you go. 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.

That is the bizarre — and scary — rule that now applies in California and eight other Western states. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which covers this vast jurisdiction, recently decided the government can monitor you in this way virtually anytime it wants — with no need for a search warrant...It is a dangerous decision — one that, as the dissenting judges warned, could turn America into the sort of totalitarian state imagined by George Orwell. It is particularly offensive because the judges added insult to injury with some shocking class bias: the little personal privacy that still exists, the court suggested, should belong mainly to the rich." ...Read it all

Note: " do not have any reasonable expectation of privacy in your own reasonable expectation that the government isn't tracking"... This again confirms that we may be entering New Time in a New World which appears to negate the protections of privacy which only 'yesterday' were guaranteed and which we took for granted.

Responsible persons in high places are becoming concerned all over this land. Lawyers and principled politicians, we can only hope, will preemptively challenge every arbitrary intrusion into our lives and compromise of privacy; show the need for old fashioned court oversight against all of these new intrusions which make a mockery of the US Constitution.

The LA Catholic Worker, consisting of non-violent peace activists, has already been the subject of FBI spying. And this is not the first time for the CW. J.Edgar Hoover decades ago had a file on Dorothy Day and drew up plans to possibly detain her for an indeterminate period in the event of "a national emergency". The situation could be very serious if attorney's do not successfully prevent abuses of the new technology by winning judicial guarantees.

--->LA: Boxer Campaign Releases New Ad. Tries to Use Abortion Issue Against Fiornia

--->Jail's heat-ray device sparks 'torture' claims. A device designed to control unruly inmates by blasting them with a beam of intense energy that causes a burning sensation is drawing heat from civil rights groups who fear it could cause serious injury and is "tantamount to torture."

"The mechanism, known as an "Assault Intervention Device," is a stripped-down version of a military gadget that sends highly focused beams of energy at people and makes them feel as though they are burning.

New America?Note: 'Nice' device for our Panopticon society. And who will be subject to this cowardly torture, addicts from ghetto areas convicted of [often relatively petty] drug crimes or high-powered millionaire banker thieves who made the world economy their own personal casino? I think we know. What are we becoming? At the very least, if apathetic judges do not overrule this cruel and unusual punishment device, all uses of it should be videotaped from various angles to ensure the public that its use is justified and that minimum force is used always. Putting people in stocks for punishment, as was the practice in the early days of this country, is today rightly considered cruel and unusual---but not this? Reasonable corporal punishment in schools early is forbidden as (somehow) cruel, but not this when bad character is, through long neglect, allowed to flower into violation of the criminal code?

---How'd I Miss This One? The Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, has almost certainly been infiltrated. Otherwise some of the editors are drinking at work.

L’Osservatore Romano has lauded the long-running show [The Simpsons], insisting “many today wouldn’t know how to laugh” if the series hadn’t been aired".

[Head spins, eyes and buttons pop] Huh!? Ah, please don't accuse me of not having a sense of humor too. I remain a Catholic, don't I, despite the poor entertainment idiots writing there? There's plenty of knee-slapping laughs talking about those editors---the world over.

--->Ground Zero Muslim center may get public financing

--->Mass Assassinations Lie at the Heart of America's Military Strategy in the Muslim World

--->How To Become A Saint, i.e., the realization of all that grace calls us to. Since St. Monica's feast day is today, her son - St. Augustine - has this to say to us about how we can become Saints

--->SSPX leader contradicts Williamson: no deal is imminent