Today the Supreme Court heard argument in U.S. v. Antoine Jones, on the issue of whether the 4th Amendment prohibits police officers from attaching a GPS device to a suspect’s vehicle without a warrant in order to track that person’s movements.
I have mixed feelings. On the one hand, this invasive practice is straight out of a futuristic dystopian, totalitarian nightmare. On the other hand, CAIR filed an amicus brief for the defendant (GPS has apparently been used effectively in combatting terrorism. If only we could have one set of rules for criminal law enforcement and another how we conduct ourselves while waging war — maybe we could call it a “war on terrorism” or something like that, I don’t know).