Calling All Cars Being Tracked Without a Warrant: The FBI Wants Their GPS Units Back

“Putting a physical surveillance team out with six, eight, 12 persons is tremendously time intensive,” said Mueller, according to The Associated Press, … .”

Surveillance teams may be time intensive for the FBI, but they do it anyway. (ask me how I know)

“The Supreme Court’s recent ruling overturning the warrantless use of GPS tracking devices has caused a “sea change” inside the U.S. Justice Department, according to FBI General Counsel Andrew Weissmann.

After the ruling, the FBI had a problem collecting the devices that it had turned off, Mr. Weissmann said. In some cases, he said, the FBI sought court orders to obtain permission to turn the devices on briefly – only in order to locate and retrieve them.”

Did they get permission or is this still being decided?
I would think that to turn them back on even briefly would be another violation of privacy and to sneak under the car to remove it would still be the same as trespass.

Why don’t they just send out letters asking for their property back? lol

But wait! There’s more!

“We have a number of people in the United States who we could not indict, there’s not probable cause to indict them or to arrest them who present a threat of terrorism, articulated maybe up on the Internet, may have purchased a gun, but taken no particular steps to take a terrorist act,” Mueller said. “And we are stuck in the position of surveilling that person for a substantial period of time.”

Gee, there’s no probable cause because…in the eyes of the law and federal grand jurors, the subject has done nothing wrong. It seems he’s claiming they’re imposing upon themselves a “make work” situation.


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I went to protests and all I got was this lousy surveillance. Proud parking lot naturalist. My Awards: Time Magazine Person of the Year! 2011 Recipient of the distinguished FBI Out-And-About & Home Visit award FBI Associates Program Nominee 2009-2010 County Parks Taxidermy Squirrel recipient 2009-2010 Don’t Eff With Me and I Won’t Eff With You certificate 2010
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