Privacy Invasion

January 7, 2013


Technology, is it for us or against us?  Well, when the government decides that they can install surveillance cameras on private property without permission or a warrant, then technology is against us!  Law enforcement wanted to place cameras on private property in hopes of finding evidence to bust marijuana growing.

With the many advances in technology, the legal system is constantly trying to invade the privacy rights of citizens.  The Supreme Court has already ruled against warrantless GPS tracking and thermal imaging, but haven’t ruled on warrantless cellphone tracking or warrantless surveillance on private property.

Placing surveillance cameras without a warrant has two men facing life in prison for growing marijuana.  The surveillance showed over 1,000 cannabis plants being grown in a heavily wooded area that was private property. Two defendants in the case, Manuel Mendoza and Marco Magana of Green Bay, Wis., have been charged with federal drug crimes after DEA agent Steven Curran claimed to have discovered more than 1,000 marijuana plants grown on the property, and face possible life imprisonment and fines of up to $10 million. Mendoza and Magana asked Callahan to throw out the video evidence on Fourth Amendment grounds, noting that "No Trespassing" signs were posted throughout the heavily wooded, 22-acre property owned by Magana and that it also had a locked gate.

"Placing a video camera in a location that allows law enforcement to record activities outside of a home and beyond protected curtilage does not violate the Fourth Amendment," Justice Department prosecutors James Santelle and William Lipscomb told Callahan.

What are your thoughts on police being able to put surveillance cameras where they want, when they want without a warrant and without your permission?