I hate to break it to my left of center friends, but when it comes to privacy rights, the Obama administration has a rather duplicitous record. Take the warrantless GPS surveillance cases:
One federal judge wrote that the widespread use of the device was straight out of George Orwell’s novel, “1984”.
“By holding that this kind of surveillance doesn’t impair an individual’s reasonable expectation of privacy, the panel hands the government the power to track the movements of every one of us, every day of our lives,” wrote Alex Kozinski, the chief judge of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in a blistering dissent in which a three-judge panel from his court ruled that search warrants weren’t necessary for GPS tracking.
But other courts in other districts have ruled opposite of the 9th Circuit:
The federal appeals court based in Washington D.C. said in August that investigators must obtain a warrant for GPS in tossing out the conviction and life sentence of Antoine Jones, a nightclub owner convicted of operating a cocaine distribution ring. That court concluded that the accumulation of four-weeks worth of data collected from a GPS on Jones’ Jeep amounted to a government “search” that required a search warrant.
Judge Douglas Ginsburg said watching Jones’ Jeep for an entire month rather than trailing him on one trip made all the difference between surveilling a suspect on public property and a search needing court approval.
“First, unlike one’s movements during a single journey, the whole of one’s movements over the course of a month is not actually exposed to the public because the likelihood anyone will observe all those movements is effectively nil,” Ginsburg wrote. The state high courts of New York, Washington and Oregon have ruled similarly.
Note the tie to the Drug War. But here’s the kicker, and my reason for questioning the democrats’ dedication to privacy rights:
The Obama administration last month asked the D.C. federal appeals court to change its ruling, calling the decision “vague and unworkable” and arguing that investigators will lose access to a tool they now use “with great frequency.”
Well – how dare the courts inconvenience investigators frequently violating the Bill of Rights! I was shocked to read this request from the administration and, once again, I have to note this is far from a liberal position.