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The U.S. government is tracking the location of criminals and a number of regular citizens with a secret program that tracks cell phones, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The Justice Department uses small aircraft that contain a device that tricks phones into sending identifying data.
The U.S. Marshals Service has used Cessna aircraft out of five major airports around the country in an operation that intercepts phone signals by impersonating a cell phone tower. Officials told the newspaper that the program was legal, and has operated since 2007, ensnaring innocent people as well as fugitives -- whose capture is the marshals’ primary objective -- according to the Journal report Thursday evening.
I understand the need to remain vigilant against those who wish to do us harm. At what point though do we start harming ourselves by holding to the dragnet theory? Exactly how much do these types of activities water down our 4th amendment rights?
originally posted by: whyamIhere
It's a series of illegal searches.
They can do this legally...with a warrant.
It's this crap that leads to a complete distrust of LE.
originally posted by: Serdgiam
a reply to: loveguy
Our entire society is based on incentives such as that. An unconscious, archaic meme that leads to so many issues..
How do you think it could be solved?
originally posted by: DontTreadOnMe
a reply to: Serdgiam
Well, isn't that just peachy-keen???? :@_@:
Even if the phone is turned off, I assume?
Would the same hold true if a person was abducted, lost, injured and there was a search for said person?
Would you know if it had been turned on remotely?
What if you have no internet on the phone?