On August 17, Shenna Bellows of the ACLU spoke in Augusta, Maine on the occasion of Constitution Day. With her permission, I’ve transcribed her speech to share it here with you. Good morning. It’s a pleasure to be here today on Constitution Day. Happy Constitution
President Obama has sent lawyers from the Department of Justice to argue in court that the federal government should have the right to place GPS tracking devices on the cars of as many Americans as it wants, without getting a search warrant.
There are 200 responses to their survey so far, and out of those 200, only 10 law enforcement agencies told the ACLU that they do not track cell phones. What’s more, most of those police departments and county and state law enforcement agencies that do track cell phones report obtaining search warrants to do so only in a minority of cases.