Wednesday, August 25, 2010

No reasonable expectation of privacy

"We're from the Government, we're here to help"

I just read an incredibly ponderous article on the Drudge Report.  It is in the online version of Time Magazine.  Apparently, the only time you have a reasonable expectation of privacy, is if you are wealthy and live behind a gate - otherwise, the government is perfectly within their right to plant a GPS on your vehicle (in your driveway - on your private property - without a warrant) and track you (without a warrant)!   And we live in a free country that values personal property rights?

In reality, maybe we shouldn't be to surprised or upset that the courts have ruled that we have no reasonable expectation of privacy on our personal property.  After all doesn't the landlord have the right to enter his property any time he sees fit?  Can't a landlord do with his property as he will?  We are just peasants serving our king after all.


  1. I just read the same article about 45 minutes ago - I guess it's true: Great minds think alike. :)

    I've read that the government can also turn on a person's cell phone and track her/his movements that way, as well as eavesdrop on the person while the phone is on and s/he is not aware of it.

    Bit by bit, are privacy has been eliminated. All public records are mined for information and then made available to anybody who is willing to pay a small fee. Our movements and conversations can be tracked clandestinely or overtly, and we can't stop it. Even our automobiles keep track of our speed and our braking. This information has been used in legal procedings.

    Although most law enforcement agencies use GPS to track criminals, the current administration may have a very different definition of who a criminal is. Remember who it was that Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano labeled as the greatest domestic threats to America? She named former military personnel, rightwingers, and Tea Party patriots. So, those of us who support the Constitution are the enemy of the administration and therein lies the potential problems with this additional loss of privacy - we might be tracked based solely on our political opinions. If that isn't scary, what is?

    Political prisoners are not new in this country, just look at those who opposed Woodrow Wilson. History does repeat itself. How long before Tea Party patriots, for example, are locked up merely because they opposed the progressives in power?

    Molon Labe
    From My Cold Dead Hands

    NoCal Gal

  2. And here's yet another judgement handed down by the same court - the "illustrious" 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Really scary stuff...