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Old 03-07-2012, 09:50 PM   #1
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In a ruling of 6-4 in The US vs. Jones; SCOTUS overturned a conviction based partially on information obtained from a GPS that was placed without first obtaining a warrant. As a result, the FBI has turned off 3,000 GPS and are attempting to remove the devices.

This may have a sobering effect on the cowboys at the FBI who run roughshod over the Constitutional rights of US citizens.

http://news.yahoo.com/supreme-court-ruling-prompts-fbi-turn-off-3-154046722--abc-news.html

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When the decision-U.S. v. Jones-was released at the end of January, agents were ordered to stop using GPS devices immediately and told to await guidance on retrieving the devices, FBI general counsel Andrew Weissmann said in a recent talk at a University of San Francisco conference. Weissmann said the court's ruling lacked clarity and the agency needs new guidance or it risks having cases overturned.
Well, duh, you dumb bastard; just get off your fat ass and convince a judge to give you a warrant.


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Old 03-07-2012, 10:57 PM   #2
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Well, duh, you dumb bastard; just get off your fat ass and convince a judge to give you a warrant.


Blew my root beer out my nose when I read this line!!!!

Hilarious!


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I'm glad to see a ruling like this one that upholds the peoples rights. Though it bothers me to hear the head of the FBI rationalize their mentality,

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Mueller testified that the bureau has a “number of people” who “present a threat of terrorism” that it can’t indict or arrest becasue it lacks probable cause. “And we are stuck in the position of surveiling that person for a substantial period of time. ”
If they lack enough probably cause for a warrant than maybe they shouldn't be keeping eyes on these "number of people'? Plus, I'd like to hear what constitutes their reasoning for someone to considered a "threat of terrorism"
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Plus, I'd like to hear what constitutes their reasoning for someone to considered a "threat of terrorism"
Maybe people like us? Gun-owning Americans who support the right to bear arms (Second Amendment)?
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Old news. Warrantless GPS placement has been illegal for some time in Texas.

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Warrantless GPS placement has been illegal for some time in Texas.
Great: Now its illegal nationally.
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Great: Now its illegal nationally.
But, do you really think that the spoiled brats that don't play well with the other children will REALLY care?
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But, do you really think that the spoiled brats that don't play well with the other children will REALLY care?
They might when their agents start going to jail in Texas and a few others that have the appropriate statutes.
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They might when their agents start going to jail in Texas and a few others that have the appropriate statutes.
Possibly. But I think they're willing to sacrifice a few agents here and there. But, then again, I'm cynical...
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They might when their agents start going to jail in Texas and a few others that have the appropriate statutes.
Bingo.

The FBI appears to be concerned about this SCOTUS ruling: They no longer have the federal security blanket, especially in states like TX. They shut down 3,000 GPS units for fear of losing those cases.


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