We don’t need no warrant
Badges? We ain't got no badges. We don't need no badges. I don't have to show you any stinking badges!" Gold Hat in the movie “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.”
In January 2012 the Supreme Court ruled that GPS tracking amounts to a police search. Justice Scalia stated “We hold that the government’s installation of a GPS device on a target vehicle, and its use of the device to monitor the vehicles movements, constitutes a search.”
Recently the 3rd U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that police must get a warrant before using GPS to track a suspect’s vehicle. The ruling tossed out a massive amount of evidence collected to halt a wave of pharmacy burglaries in Philadelphia. Judge Greenway opined that a GPS tracker is different than human surveillance because it creates a “continuous police presence.”
Despite court opinions and common sense, liberals and environmental groups are advocating governments to require installation of GPS boxes to keep track of the miles, possibly where you drive, and use the mileage information to give you a tax bill. They call this new source of revenue a Vehicle Miles Traveled Tax (VMT).
California legislators are so thirsty for a Mileage Tax their plans are to begin tracking by 2025. Oregon, Nevada, and New York City are also considering programs.
Governments are less concerned about your privacy and more concerned about raising your taxes.
The new reality film about our country will be titled “The Treasure of Government.” It will be a documentary that exposes Big Brother has a chest full of information on individual’s car miles, phone calls, emails and bank accounts.
The plot will be about the struggles of people like you and me and our quest to confront the Ruling Class of government with, where’s the warrant? I thought I had an expectation of privacy, and what about the Constitution?
The new Ruling Class answer to us will be famous: Warrant? We ain't got no warrant! You don't get any privacy! We don't have to obey any stinking Constitution.
Walter K. Krauth, III