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Wired: Busted! Two New Fed GPS Trackers Found on SUV

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  1. The Wrong Guy Member

    Busted! Two New Fed GPS Trackers Found on SUV

    By Kim Zetter

    As the Supreme Court gets ready to hear oral arguments in a case Tuesday that could determine if authorities can track U.S. citizens with GPS vehicle trackers without a warrant, a young man in California has come forward to Wired to reveal that he found not one but two different devices on his vehicle recently.

    The 25-year-old resident of San Jose, California, says he found the first one about three weeks ago on his Volvo SUV while visiting his mother in Modesto, about 80 miles northeast of San Jose. After contacting Wired and allowing a photographer to snap pictures of the device, it was swapped out and replaced with a second tracking device. A witness also reported seeing a strange man looking beneath the vehicle of the young man’s girlfriend while her car was parked at work, suggesting that a tracking device may have been retrieved from her car.

    Then things got really weird when police showed up during a Wired interview with the man.

    The young man, who asked to be identified only as Greg, is one among an increasing number of U.S. citizens who are finding themselves tracked with the high-tech devices.

    The Justice Department has said that law enforcement agents employ GPS as a crime-fighting tool with “great frequency,” and GPS retailers have told Wired that they’ve sold thousands of the devices to the feds.

    But little is known about how or how often law enforcement agents use them. And without a clear ruling requiring agents to obtain a “probable cause” warrant to use the devices, it leaves citizens who may have only a distant connection to a crime or no connection at all vulnerable to the whimsy of agents who are fishing for a case.

    The invasive technology, for example, allows police, the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration and other agencies to engage in covert round-the-clock surveillance over an extended period of time, collecting vast amounts of information about anyone who drives the vehicle that is being tracked.

    “A person who knows all of another’s travels can deduce whether he is a weekly church goer, a heavy drinker, a regular at the gym, an unfaithful husband, an outpatient receiving medical treatment, an associate of particular individuals or political groups — and not just one such fact about a person, but all such facts,” wrote U.S. Appeals Court Judge Douglas Ginsburg in a recent ruling that the Supreme Court will be examining this week to determine if warrants should be required for use with trackers.

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    The Obama administration will be defending the warrantless use of such trackers in front of the Supreme Court on Tuesday morning. The administration, which is attempting to overturn a lower court ruling that threw out a drug dealer’s conviction over the warrantless use of a tracker, argues that citizens have no expectation of privacy when it comes to their movements in public so officers don’t need to get a warrant to use such devices.

    More: http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/11/gps-tracker-times-two/all/1
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  2. Anonymous Member

    So if the argument is that you have no expectation of privacy, then anyone can track anyone with a GPS device without breaking any law.
    Hmmm....
  3. xenubarb Member

    I would tie it to a seagull or a pigeon and let nature take its course. Or maybe a migratory goose. Feds can follow the bitch back to Canada and try to extradite it, lol.
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  4. Anonymous Member

    Ah, the memories.

    I'm quite sure the cult had a tracker on my vehicle after they showed up at my house at about the same time it takes for their OSA reps to drive from the org to my house, after I had arrived home. This happened twice, on days when my schedule was open and I had no idea when I was going to return home. Also one time, just before they knocked on my door, I received an email from an op who had been on the ARS newsgroup.
  5. Anonymous Member

    Keep it up.

    The cops and feds can expect no privacy either.

    Not when their personal details are leaked.

    This shit runs both ways.
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