If you needed one more reason why the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is often referred to as the “9th Circus”…
In a nutshell, the court ruled the Federal Government can use your cellphone as a microphone and record conversations – even when the phone is not being used.
Is the right to privacy about to fade completely from the American way of life? As Joe Wolverton III writing from NewAmerican.com points out:
There are, of course, far reaching implications of such a decision. As we reported recently, a person will not know, and perhaps will never know, if he has been the target of surveillance on the part of the federal government. Assuming, as many a savvy American would, that the federal government is liable to eventually want to monitor and record your personal electronic communication, is there not an expectation that when the cellphone is off the surveillance is suspended?
Not anymore. In the wake of the Ninth Circuit’s ruling in Oliva, “roving bugs” are likely to become a favorite weapon in the ever expanding arsenal of the surveillance state. A person’s expectation of privacy when sitting at home talking to a friend is ridiculous in the face of the judicially upheld fact that government snoops may now use powerful surveillance technology to use your idle mobile phone as a very active mobile microphone.
Coupled with the aftermath of the Colorado mass shooting and a new push for gun control, it’s getting scarier and scarier to watch our constitutional rights erode, little by little. Law-abiding citizens keep taking it in the shorts, while criminals and terrorists keep doing what they do… because only chumps follow the rules.
Seems like this is a case the ACLU would be interested in, but who am I kidding…