ACLU: U.S. Attorney got GPS tracking approved without a warrant
(RAW STORY) According to the American Civil Liberties Union, A U.S. Attorney was able to convince judges in New Jersey to allow GPS tracking of citizens via their cell phones, sans a warrant.
A former federal prosecutor running for governor approved the tracking of citizens through their cell phones without warrants while he was head of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for New Jersey, civil rights attorneys said Thursday.
Christopher Christie, a former U.S. Attorney who is the Republican front-runner in the governor’s race said all actions were approved by the court.
The American Civil Liberties Union released documents Thursday showing federal officials in New Jersey have gotten judges to approve the surveillance without showing evidence that a crime is taking place.
Instead of obtaining warrants, AP says, the officials would simply request court orders for any GPS trace they wanted. Court orders were used 98 times, resulting in 83 prosecutions, the ACLU claims.