As the Feds seek unfettered GPS surveillance power as location-tracking flourishes, I feel alarmed at the growth of domestic sureillance in our day to day lives. Tomorrow the Supreme Court of the United States will hear arguments about whether law enforcement can attach a GPS tracking device to a vehicle without a probable cause warrant from a judge. Where is the Constitution's Fourth Amendment protection? As Wired blogger David Kravets wrote,
The Implications of DOJ’s FOIA “Lies,” according to blogger emptywheel, have all kinds of possibilities for the abuse of our civil liberties. How is it that the government can lie when it comes to matters involving the lega lights of citizens? To quote and list:
- Ongoing Legal Investigation - The first exclusion–for information that might tip the subject of an investigation into a potential crime to that investigation and therefore lead her to, for example, destroy evidence–makes a bit of sense. But it seems ripe for abuse in several ways.
- Informants - The second exclusion prevents people from asking for information on people they suspect might be informants by name. So, for example, if a peace group thinks Joe Smith asks too many question about group members’ pot smoking and therefore might be an informant, their FOIA request for information on him could be excluded.
- Classified FBI records on “foreign intelligence or counterintelligence, or international terrorism” - As with the other two exclusions, there’s some logic to the third, covering classified FBI records on foreign intelligence, counterintelligence, or international terrorism. . . . logic held before 9/11 turned the “foreign intelligence” category into a giant grab bag.
Mississippi [is] to decide if [a] fertilized egg is a human being on Tuesday. If the proposition wins it could put women's lives in jeopardy, threaten birth control and would certainly be legally challenged in many different ways. Will it truly put Roe vs. Wade in the biggest danger since it was adopted? Reuters has the story.
From a constitutional, ethical or procedural point of view, these news stories raise important questions. What questions do you have?