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March 27, 2012

Supreme Court’s Recent Decision to Revoke Law Enforcement’s Ability to Utilize GPS Trackers Without a Warrant

Once again our favorite guest blogger has the floor… G’s response regarding this issue …

I was responding to the comments
regarding the Supreme Court’s recent decision to revoke law
enforcement’s ability to utilize GPS trackers without a warrant. Seems
most people immediately jumped on the (cops are breaking the
law!!!….fire them!!!) bandwagon, and didn’t really consider anything
beyond that ridiculously shallow mindset. So, my response is as
follows……

I think what people here are failing to realize is that the FBI (and
other agencies) didn’t overtly do anything wrong. Due to passed
legislation like the Patriot Act, federal agencies were allowed to
utilize tracking devices without a warrant.

Also, before using a tracking device, it’s probably common practice to have an Assistant
United States Attorney providing guidance as to whether it’s
appropriate or not.  So, these agencies like the FBI have acted with
guidance from the United States Attorney’s Office, which is the
appropriate thing to do.

The United States Attorney is nominated by the
President, and confirmed by the Senate, but once appointed, can act at
the behest of the President. The President is supposed to act on behalf
of his constituency, which is the people (ALL of the people).  So, if
you want cops, you’re going to have to provide them with some
power….it’s just a fact of life. If, however, their power becomes
overreaching like the Supreme Court has found, then that power gets
limited.  It’s the natural ebb and flow of the the collective mindset of
the country that is happening here. I’m willing to bet that the
complaints about “big government”, and law enforcement were far fewer
within a year of 9/11, but now that that has become somewhat removed by
time, people have started to shift the other way again in favor of
curtailing what the government is able to do.

To claim that it’s all the ‘government’s fault’ is silly……the government is empowered by
those you elect. The Patriot Act didn’t get enacted by some magic
being…….it got enacted by your representative government. The
public gave the power to congress to pass that act, so if it’s anyone’s
fault for that piece of legislation to exist, it’s ours (the public) in
a majority sort of context. So, if the public elects politicians that
enact silly laws, be they conservatively silly or liberally silly, then
it’s the public’s fault for putting people in power that would do such
a thing.

You don’t like how things are going?  You use your voice in an
official capacity by voting, and contacting your congressman. If they
act as they should (which is questionable nowadays, regardless of what
side of the aisle we’re talking about), they would act on behalf of
what their constituency would want, and hopefully would pass more
intelligent legislation.

The point is simple……if the laws are silly, then the public allowed silly people into office to make silly
laws…..which means the public is silly by association. The government
is made from people, who are hired either directly or indirectly by
appointed officials, who were appointed by elected officials, who were
elected by the public.

So, guess what……..the government is YOU.  I
know none of us want to admit that when things aren’t going well, but
it’s just the way it is, folks. You vote emotionally, you get emotional
based results….you vote fiscally, you get money based results…..you
vote angrily, you get over reactive results……you vote
intelligently?……well, I’m sure you can fill in the rest.

~This is the G we know and love… and as always he’s right on point!

Have a wonderful week

Kat and the Kids

Filed under: Food For Thought,Life,Politics,Rants by Kat at 11:53 pm
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