To Throw Your Sail Fawn in the Woods
no doubt heard about warrant-free wiretaps and monitoring
of your e-mails and web surfing habits. These things have been routinely
and openly engaged in by law enforcement since the Chimponian
Era, when the American Police State came into full flower.
expect it to stop there, did you?
it has not stopped. It is expanding. Now your own gadgets are being
used to monitor you. An article in The New York Times (see
here) tells us all about it. Police are tapping into your sail
fawn which has a GPS transponder to keep track
of where youve been and where youre going. The Times
quotes a police training manual that describes sail fawns
as the virtual biographer of our daily activities. All
of which are now public record.
And guess whos
being Helpy Helperson? Why, your friendly sail fawn carrier.
According to the Times article, the big name sail fawn
service providers market a catolog of surveillance fees
to police departments to determine a suspects location, trace
phone calls and texts and to provide other services too. These
include something called cloning of a persons
sail fawn, which enables the authorities to download all
texts messages stored on the persons device without the person
ever knowing it (much less a court knowing about it). According
to the Times article, your sail fawn carrier has a
special law enforcement liaison team that stands ready
all being done without warrant or even the pretext of probable cause.
And, best of all, with the eager cooperation of a (cough) private
business your sail fawn service provider the
one youre paying. In other words, you are paying to be spied
upon a feat not even the Soviet NKVD ever achieved.
cops can just grab your phone using almost any pretext (seatbelt
scofflaw; jaywalking) and proceed to download its entire contents
Your personal texts, e-mails, photos, social contacts anything
on that phone becomes evidence that can and will be used against
you. Or just held/recorded another form of data mining, to
be kept for later use.
is being done without a warrant or probable cause (other than the
fact that youve been detained by a cop for some other reason
that, as such, has no bearing whatsoever on the contents of your
have anything to hide, do you?
enforcement has of course always existed the occasional planting
of evidence, the back alley wood shampoo but whats
different about now vs. then is that lawlessness has become general
policy. In the past, the cops had to at least make a show of following
the rules and no matter how egregious their conduct, if such
conduct was eventually exposed, there would be an amends-making.
Some evidence of chagrin. Today, outright thuggery is the buzz-cut
SOP of law enforcement placed in quotes to emphasize
that it increasingly enforces whatever laws it wishes as
it defines them.
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