See, here’s the thing. When it is legal for someone to sneak onto your property and put a tracking device on your car it’s bad, but when they can do this without a warrant, it’s downright scary. I’ve spent the last few minutes fantasizing what I would do if I was able to catch an undercover cop fucking with my car in the middle of the night. It involves a baseball bat.
UPDATE: I just noticed the TIME article about the same thing (you should really read it):
Government agents can sneak onto your property in the middle of the night, put a GPS device on the bottom of your car and keep track of everywhere you go. This doesn’t violate your Fourth Amendment rights, because you do not have any reasonable expectation of privacy in your own driveway — and no reasonable expectation that the government isn’t tracking your movements.
That is the bizarre — and scary — rule that now applies in California and eight other Western states. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which covers this vast jurisdiction, recently decided the government can monitor you in this way virtually anytime it wants — with no need for a search warrant. (See a TIME photoessay on Cannabis Culture.)
It is a dangerous decision — one that, as the dissenting judges warned, could turn America into the sort of totalitarian state imagined by George Orwell. It is particularly offensive because the judges added insult to injury with some shocking class bias: the little personal privacy that still exists, the court suggested, should belong mainly to the rich.
Seriously disturbing. In the somewhat-less-but-still-disturbing category, here is a taste of what’s to come from my video of the Star Wars Celebration V video: