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Archive for September 1st, 2010

Obama Administration Thinks Chicago’s Cameras Everywhere are Just Dandy

Posted by iusbvision on September 1, 2010

Where are all the “patriot act” privacy protestors now?

Chicago Sun-Times:

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Thursday ranked Chicago’s Big Brother network of well over 10,000 public and private surveillance cameras as one of the nation’s most extensive and integrated — and Mayor Daley wants to make it even bigger.

“Expansion of cameras citywide is one of the highest priorities that will help us here in the city of Chicago,” Daley said with Napolitano at his side.

“Cameras are the key. They are a deterrent. They solve crimes. It deals with terrorism. It deals with gangs, guns and drugs in our society.”

After touring the 911 emergency center that doubles as a clearinghouse for surveillance video, Napolitano pronounced Chicago’s “very robust camera infrastructure” among the “top two or three” in the nation. Asked to identify rivals, she named only New York City.

 

Yup they have made Chicago the safest place to be …….

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Court allows agents to secretly put GPS trackers on cars – UPDATED

Posted by iusbvision on September 1, 2010

Where are all those “patriot act” privacy advocates now? Where is the elite media outrage (granted CNN reported it but this is hardly outrage)?

CNN:

(CNN) — Law enforcement officers may secretly place a GPS device on a person’s car without seeking a warrant from a judge, according to a recent federal appeals court ruling in California.

Drug Enforcement Administration agents in Oregon in 2007 surreptitiously attached a GPS to the silver Jeep owned by Juan Pineda-Moreno, whom they suspected of growing marijuana, according to court papers.

When Pineda-Moreno was arrested and charged, one piece of evidence was the GPS data, including the longitude and latitude of where the Jeep was driven, and how long it stayed. Prosecutors asserted the Jeep had been driven several times to remote rural locations where agents discovered marijuana being grown, court documents show.

Pineda-Moreno eventually pleaded guilty to conspiracy to grow marijuana, and is serving a 51-month sentence, according to his lawyer.

But he appealed on the grounds that sneaking onto a person’s driveway and secretly tracking their car violates a person’s reasonable expectation of privacy.

“They went onto the property several times in the middle of the night without his knowledge and without his permission,” said his lawyer, Harrison Latto.

The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the appeal twice — in January of this year by a three-judge panel, and then again by the full court earlier this month. The judges who affirmed Pineda-Moreno’s conviction did so without comment.

Latto says the Ninth Circuit decision means law enforcement can place trackers on cars, without seeking a court’s permission, in the nine western states the California-based circuit covers.

The ruling likely won’t be the end of the matter. A federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., arrived at a different conclusion in similar case, saying officers who attached a GPS to the car of a suspected drug dealer should have sought a warrant.

Experts say the issue could eventually reach the U.S. Supreme Court.

 

Notice that it is the 9th Circuit – that is the circuit with the most strident leftists – which says that you have no reasonable expectation of privacy about where you go day after day; essentially you can be tracked all the time and the Founders who wrote the Constitution think that is reasonable.

The DC Court – which is the most stridently conservative – says that you do have a reasonable expectation of privacy.

I would say that this is another case of judges not caring what the limits of government are, what the limits of their office is, and what is reasonable; rather they are more interested in what they can get away with to expand government power.

George Orwell call your office.

Editor Emeritus Jarrod Brigham Comments:

The 9th circuit errors when stating that you don’t have a reasonable expectation of privacy on your own property.

This is the worst part of the opinion:

“In order to establish a reasonable expectation of privacy in [his] driveway, [Pineda-Moreno] must support that expectation by detailing the special features of the driveway itself (i.e. enclosures, barriers, lack of visibility from the street) or the nature of activities performed upon it.” Maisanov. Welcher, 940 F.2d 499, 503 (9th Cir. 1991).

Pineda-Moreno offers no such evidence. To the contrary, the driveway had no gate, no “No Trespassing” signs, and no features to prevent someone standing in the street from seeing the entire driveway. Additionally, one of the investigating agents testified that “an individual going up to the house to deliver the newspaper or to visit someone would have to go through the driveway to get to the house.” If a neighborhood child had walked up Pineda-Moreno’s driveway and crawled under his Jeep to retrieve a lost ball or runaway cat, Pineda-Moreno would have no grounds to complain. Thus, because Pineda-Moreno did not take steps to exclude passersby from his driveway, he cannot claim a reasonable expectation of privacy in it, regardless of whether a portion of it was located within the curtilage of his home.

You should not have to put up a “No Tresspassing” sign in order to keep people off your property. Is the 9th circuit asking us to put a fence around every house in America?

Even if they erroneously ruled that the driveway is not a private area, the car itself should be a private area. If the man would have left his front door open, would that be an invitation for someone to enter his house? No.

The police should not have been able to put a tracking device on a suspect’s car whether it is in the driveway or in the parking lot at Wal-mart. This court’s ruling basically said it is OK for me as citizen x to put tracking devices on all the police cars if they are parked on a city lot.

Indeed. If you have no expectation of privacy than citizens should be able to sneak a GPS on a police (or the mayors car, or a senator’s car, or a judges car) car any time they wish. Of course with all those lights and all the one with no expectation of privacy is the police. By the courts “reasoning” citizens could also put a GPS on a police officers personal vehicle and track them to where they live. This is the problem when politicians nominate judges who are not brilliant legal minds, but rather make rulings based on personal and political whims.

Posted in 2012, Camera Fraud, Chuck Norton, Government Gone Wild | 1 Comment »

Salisbury Maryland Republican Office Windows Shot Out

Posted by iusbvision on September 1, 2010

WBAL TV:

SALISBURY, Md. — A gunshot shattered a glass door Wednesday at a Salisbury office of the Maryland Republican Party, according to a party statement.

The party published the statement on its website, indicating that a single gunshot shattered the front door at the office early in the morning.

Salisbury police officers discovered the shattered glass after midnight and reported that the office had been vandalized.

The statement indicated that a party staffer found a bullet in the office.

If you have any information regarding this continuing investigation, contact Salisbury police by dialing… ___-___-____ .

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Wall Street Journal: Glenn Beck’s Happy Warriors

Posted by iusbvision on September 1, 2010

By the way, in that massive crowd, there was not one arrest. So much for that violent Tea Party movement…

Wall Street Journal:

One would not be able to find a more polite crowd at a political convention, certainly not at a professional sporting event, probably not even at an opera. In fact, judging by the behavior of the attendees following the event, you’d have a tough time finding churches in which people display more patience as others make their way to the exits.

This army of well-mannered folks that marched into Washington seemed comprised mainly of people who had once marched in the U.S. Army or other military branch, or at least had a family member who had. Perhaps that’s not surprising, given that the event was a fund-raiser for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, which provides scholarships to the children of elite troops killed in the performance of their duty. The day was largely devoted to expressions of gratitude for the sacrifices of U.S. soldiers, for great men of American history like the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and for God.

But it didn’t end there. Dave Roever, a Vietnam veteran, offered a closing prayer in which he thanked the Lord for the president and for the Congress. Despite the unpopularity of the latter two, no booing or catcalls could be heard.

Perhaps feeling defensive about how they would be portrayed in media reports, various attendees wore t-shirts noting that they were “Not violent” or “Non-violent.” For other participants, there was no need for an explicit message. Relaxed young parents felt comfortable enough to push toddlers in strollers through the crowded areas along the memorial’s reflecting pool.

Not only was the rally akin to a “huge church picnic” (in one Journal reporter’s description), but one had to wonder if the over-achievers in this crowd actually left the area in better shape than they found it.

After the event, walking from the Lincoln Memorial’s reflecting pool through Constitution Gardens, this reporter scanned 360 degrees and could not see a scrap of trash anywhere. Participants and volunteers had collected all their refuse and left it piled neatly in bags around the public garbage cans. Near Constitution Avenue, I did encounter one stray piece of paper—but too old and faded to have been left that day.

Given the huge representation of military families at the event, maybe it’s not surprising the grounds were left ship-shape. A principal theme of the day was that attendees should restore the country by making improvements in their own lives—be the change you wish to see in the world, as Gandhi once put it.

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Glenn Beck has a ball with elite media distortions of 8/28 rally.

Posted by iusbvision on September 1, 2010

Watch the reporters tell lie after lie after lie in the Beck video’s below.

What was amusing was that CBS News claimed the crowd was 87,000 people. It takes 200,000 just to fill up the inside mall area alone (from center tree line to center tree line across the pool). You can see how the crowd goes way passed the reflecting pool and goes passed the trees on both sides. Today on Beck’s program he will be showing how many “87,000″ people will fit into the crowd that showed up. This is more likely half a million people and the crowd extended well passed the bottom of the photo.

 

Mediaite had some fun poking CBShttp://www.mediaite.com/online/how-many-people-were-at-glenn-becks-rally-heres-a-really-big-slideshow/

Interestingly CBS is estimating the crowd at 87,000. NBC quoted the National Parks service which put it at at 300,000. Based solely on my perspective from the ground and the fact I was in Washington for the Inauguration I would err on the side of NBC and the National Parks. But the discrepancy begs the question: how do you lose 200,000 people?

 

UPDATE – MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnel “No One Was at the Beck Rally – It was Just Normal Flow Through Traffic on the Mall”

Wow – Beck had fun with this (Via RightScoop) –

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