The Wall Street Journal has published a new piece on the government's harvesting of cell phone metadata. It starts out the article by reporting how the government used cell phone pings to place two robbery suspects near a Cartier store at the time of the robbery. The Journal says, "This kind of information is at the center of the debate unleashed after a contractor leaked the details of the National Security Agency's phone-data collection program."
Sure, it's at the center of the public debate now, but the government has been using this kind of information against suspects since t he passage of the Patriot Act. We're currently representing two defendants accused of conspiring to distribute drugs and the government's main evidence against both are cell phone pings and GPS tracking. Law enforcement had lobbied for this kind of information to combat terrorists, but once the spigot opened it has used it in all kinds of domestic criminal cases.
We don't need a public debate about the government's ferocious appetite for data-mining. We need courageous judges who aren't afraid to speak the truth to power—that the framers never would have authorized such intrusiveness in the lives of American citizens.
Read The Journal's article here.