(Republican Insider) – According to a brand new bombshell report from WND, law enforcement departments all across the country can now track citizens through their cell phones, without needing a warrant, despite the ban on warrantless searches contained in the Fourth Amendment, according to a team of civil-rights attorneys who work at the Rutherford Institute.
This, the report says, is the result of the U.S. Supreme Court choosing not to intervene in a lower court decision that authorized this action, which is a clear violation of the Constitutional rights of every American citizen.
The institute had filed a friend-of-the-court brief as part of the Hammond v. U.S. case, which challenged the tracking of individuals through cell phones as being unconstitutional.
The tracking that can be done by police can reveal a person’s location with great precision, “whether that person is at home, at the library, a political event, a doctor’s office, etc.,” the organization said.
“Americans are being swept up into a massive digital data dragnet that does not distinguish between those who are innocent of wrongdoing, suspects, or criminals. Cell phones have become de facto snitches, offering up a steady stream of digital location data on users’ movements and travels,” constitutional attorney John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute stated.
“Added to that, police are tracking people’s movements by way of license plate toll readers; scouring social media posts; triangulating data from cell phone towers and WiFi signals; layering facial recognition software on top of that; and then cross-referencing footage with public social media posts, all in an effort to identify, track and eventually round us up. This is what it means to live in a suspect society,” he went on to say.
“The concerns over tracking developed as part of a federal and state law enforcement investigation into a series of armed robberies that took place in October 2017 in Michigan and Indiana,” WND reported. “There, an Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms agent traced a firearm recovered from one of the robberies to a previous owner, who said he had sold it to Rex Hammond and gave them Hammond’s cell phone number.”
“Without obtaining a search warrant, a local police detective then requested cell site location information (“CSLI”) from AT&T to geolocate Hammond’s cell phone using real-time pings to nearby cell towers about every fifteen minutes,” the institute stated in its report. “The detective also obtained historical CSLI records indicating where Hammond had been over the course of three weeks.”
Late one night, detectives managed to locate his vehicle using a cell phone ping. They then began to follow him. The detectives stopped him for speeding and slapped cuffs on him. He was then indicted on various charges and was sentenced to a total of 47 years in prison.
A district court shot down Hammond’s motion to suppress the evidence against him, and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with that decision.
This is why it pays to be in the know about our justice system. What may seem like an irrelevant case could have the potential to strip away your constitutional rights, despite the fact that there might be zero connection between you and the actual case itself.
“At issue, his lawyers warned, was the authorization for police to use ‘real-time cell phone pinging’ that ‘allows the state to surreptitiously track the movements of any individual with a cell phone (essentially all Americans) with a voyeuristic level of precision, and without ever leaving the precinct,'” the report stated.
WND reported that when the institute joined in on the case, it warned that “Americans are being swept up into a massive digital data dragnet that does not distinguish between those who are innocent of wrongdoing, suspects, or criminals.”
The institute warned that advancements in technology in cell phone providers’ ability to get data concerning the whereabouts of their users, especially as a result of cell site proliferation due to 5G networks, now means that local law enforcement can use “triangulation methods” to pinpoint a person’s location very specifically.
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