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Let’s just put bars around the country and turn over the government to CCA/updated

Posted by Charles II on April 2, 2012

Updated: Rachel tells Albert Florence’s story.

DemocracyNow:

A new investigation by the American Civil Liberties Union shows police tracking of cell phones without court-approved warrants is more widespread than previously known. According to the ACLU, just a fraction of more than 200 police departments that admitted to tracking cell phones acknowledged they have routinely obtained warrants to do so. The tracking is said to be so commonplace that cellular providers are providing police with manuals outlining the range of data they store and the pricing for police to obtain it.

And, via Atrios but minus the AP content, this heartwarming story about our Supreme Court. The elements of it are these:

* Albert Florence, an African American, was ticketed in 1998 for a traffic offense. He paid a fine, but the fine was never purged from the database.
* In 2005, the van he was a passenger in (his wife was driving) was stopped. Florence does not allege that the stop was improper or racially-motivated.
* Even though Florence offered proof that he had paid the fine in the form of a letter to that effect, he was taken to jail and strip searched. Over the course of a week, he was transferred to another jail and again strip searched.
* Finally a judge examined the case and dismissed it.
* The conservatives of the Supreme Court just said that they were cool with these strip searches. After all, sometimes dangerous people like Tim McVeigh get stopped by traffic cops.

So, see, the law is simple: whatever officials or the wealthy do, whether it’s wiretapping you or strip searching people who have committed no crime, is ok.

Whatever you do is suspect.

We should just put bars around the country, declare it a prison, and turn the government over to the Corrections Corporation of America.

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