Once upon a time in America, there was a Fourth Amendment
Gotta give the government credit. They’re always coming up with new and better ways to catch bad guys. Now it seems they have a gadget called a “stingray” that can track cell phones, even if they aren’t being used to make a call.
I’m all for law enforcement dreaming up new ways to catch the bad guys. If only they would limit themselves to tracking the bad guys — and do it legally. As in: Get a warrant, per the Fourth Amendment. The Fourth Amendment “is the part of the Bill of Rights which guards against unreasonable searches and seizures, along with requiring any warrant to be judicially sanctioned and supported by probable cause.” (Wikipedia)
I don’t think it’s asking too much to expect the government to abide by the same Constitution it is sworn to protect, the same Constitution and body of laws that John Q. Citizen is expected to obey. I support law enforcement’s use of stingrays, phone and email taps, GPS trackers on suspects’ cars, etc. — provided it has a warrant to do so.
We all know the Patriot Act did an end-run around the Fourth Amendment. But it didn’t end there. (It probably didn’t even start there.) Now we’ve got stingrays in the mix. Read the Wall Street Journal article. It’ll curl your hair.