We really don’t know whats up the sleeve of the Palo Alto Police Department but this much we already know they have spent what appears to be a considerable amount of time tracking and placing the whereabouts of all Palo Alto Vehicle inhabitants in and out of the city in their efforts to move forward with a purposed city wide ban.
A closer look at the details of this map prepared by the PAPD [Doug Keith] suggests the surveillance of each vehicle acquired a considerable amount of time and attention in capturing and detailing data.
The map was requested through a government request vehicle available to all citizens and not publicized by the city of Palo Alto called, The California Public Records Request Act mandated and enacted by law which allows you and me, the ordinary citizen to find out exactly what our government is up to.
Information, which would normally not be disclosed. Principally by the secretive Palo Alto Police Department, headed up by Chief Dennis Burns and it’s legal Department, Molly Stump charged with keeping it that way and all it’s TOP management leadership including it’s elected council members.
Based upon on the amount of detail provided within this map and the data collected highly suggests the use of Global Positioning Systems or [GPS] tracking devices and the potential use of Drones. Drones are currently in use by Homeland Security.
As originally reported phone calls and emails were not responded to by Lieutenant Sandra Brown head of internal affairs and media relations for the PAPD. A direction given by Palo Alto city attorney Donald Larkin SandraBrownVoiceMail
As of this story update, this discriminatory directive currently remains in effect.
The use of GPS tracking devices used by policing agency’s reached national attention when a student discovered a Global Positioning device [GPS] was attached to the undercarriage of his vehicle while having his car serviced.
It was later learned that the FBI had placed it there to track his whereabouts. [Muslim Student Finds FBI’s GPS Device On His Car]
4th Amendment advocated are up in arms in what appears to be a direct violation and circumventing of our constitution rights.
“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
Violations of our constitution rights have become a common place occurrence nationally even our local policing agency remains silent and unwilling to debate and address these and other constitutional issues of police abuses including our civic leadership. They can’t even address issues of Free Speech and won’t therefore touch police abuses.
Paving the way in challenging the alleged illegal use of Global Positioning Systems by various policing agency’s is a case currently before the United States Supreme Court brought on by: CENTER FOR DEMOCRACY &
TECHNOLOGY, ELECTRONIC FRONTIER to be heard this coming November.
Why is this so important? “This is the first case where the Supreme Court will consider automatic, persistent, passive location tracking by law enforcement,” said EFF Senior Staff Attorney Marcia Hofmann. “The government can use location information over time to learn where you go to church, what sort of doctors you go to, what meetings and activities you participate in, and much more. Police should not have blanket permission to install GPS devices and collect detailed information about people’s movements over time without court review.”
Additionally, “If police are allowed to plant GPS devices wherever they please, that’s essentially blanket permission for widespread, ongoing police surveillance without any court supervision,” said EFF Legal Director Cindy Cohn. “It’s not hard to see how that kind of leeway would be abused. We hope the Supreme Court takes a close look at how this technology works and act to protect the Fourth Amendment rights of Americans.”
The moral of this story and in light of GPS Technology tracking devices covertly in use by policing agency’s nationally, all Palo Alto vehicle street inhabitants should thoroughly check and investigate the undercarriage of their vehicles for any evidence and or planting of Global Positioning System Devices by the Palo Alto Police Department.
Originally published on: Oct 16, 2011 @ 9:08