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Warrantless Spying, Denied – Judge N. Garaufis
August 24, 2011
A small victory for privacy has been scored by Judge Nicholas Garaufis, who has denied a government request for warrantless access to 113 days of cellphone-location history of a Verizon customer. This certainly is a bold contrast amidst this new epoch of privacy invasions and pitiful excuses.
The Judge’s decision can be viewed here(pdf).
Such a decision deserves both attention and respect when considering the tremendous pressure imposed upon figures in similar positions.
The current administration has been extremely aggressive in efforts to abolish transparency for themselves, while forcing it on the public.
Irrational and even childish excuses of [in]security have been made by those eager to “expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment” – most of which warrant anti-psychotic prescriptions rather than approval.
Whether this brave action on the part of Judge Garaufis will set a precedent for others is yet to be seen.
With the greater majority of US citizens valuing their privacy, and perhaps the Constitution, failure for such a precedent to take hold could mean only one thing – we aren’t mad enough.
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