It may have taken more than a few hundred years but it seems that the French-backed terrorist junta of the Americas has finally resorted to type.
The free world was aghast yesterday when the United States decided that it is perfectly acceptable for Government agents to 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.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has decided that this does not violate the Fourth Amendment.
Robed but not wigged law lords came to the conclusion that Americans have no reasonable expectation of privacy in their own driveways. Nor is it reasonable not to expect that the government is tracking your movements.
The Ninth Circuit looks after California and eight other Western states so all the coppers in those regions will be buying GPS tracking gear to strap under the cars of anyone they think is a local criminal.
One of the dissenting judges warned that the move could turn America into a totalitarian state imagined by George Orwell. Speaking of which, take a look at Place de George Orwell, Barcelona, here.
Not everyone will have a problem with spooks. The court suggested that rich people will have their driveways invaded and their cars tagged.
As Chief Judge Alex Kozinski, who dissented from the decision, pointed out homes which are not open to strangers and have electric gates, fences and security booths are still protected from the change in the law. So much for all being equal before the law.
Although Kozinski was thinking of 1984 when he made the comments given the US’ revolutionary upbringing Animal Farm would be most appropriate.
A Mafioso type who has heavy security cannot have a transmitter attached to his car, but the bloke who is suspected of delivering drugs can be.
Ordinary Americans who cannot afford barriers to keep spooks out have to put up with their every move monitored.
The court added that once a GPS device has been planted, the government is free to use it to track people without getting a warrant – until the batteries run down we guess.