Michigan Police Search Drivers’ Cell Phones During Traffic Stops

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Michigan state police (or should we say police state?) have been using a handheld mobile forensics device to steal information from cell phones belonging to motorists stopped for minor traffic violations. The high-tech device works with 3000 different phone models and can bypass passwords to process “Complete extraction of existing, hidden, and deleted phone data, including call history, text messages, contacts, images, and geotags,” according to CelleBrite, the company behind the device. “The Physical Analyzer allows visualization of both existing and deleted locations on Google Earth. In addition, location information from GPS devices and image geotags can be mapped on Google Maps.”

So, without a warrant, without people even knowing it, police has the power to look into your entire phone’s memory, including deleted phone data. With geotags, it can retrace pretty much everywhere you’ve went with that cellphone. Since most people have their cellphones at less than 5 feet from them at all times, well, there you go.

Michigan: Police Search Cell Phones During Traffic Stops
ACLU seeks information on Michigan program that allows cops to download information from smart phones belonging to stopped motorists.

The Michigan State Police have a high-tech mobile forensics device that can be used to extract information from cell phones belonging to motorists stopped for minor traffic violations. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan last Wednesday demanded that state officials stop stonewalling freedom of information requests for information on the program.

ACLU learned that the police had acquired the cell phone scanning devices and in August 2008 filed an official request for records on the program, including logs of how the devices were used. The state police responded by saying they would provide the information only in return for a payment of $544,680. The ACLU found the charge outrageous.

“Law enforcement officers are known, on occasion, to encourage citizens to cooperate if they have nothing to hide,” ACLU staff attorney Mark P. Fancher wrote. “No less should be expected of law enforcement, and the Michigan State Police should be willing to assuage concerns that these powerful extraction devices are being used illegally by honoring our requests for cooperation and disclosure.”

A US Department of Justice test of the CelleBrite UFED used by Michigan police found the device could grab all of the photos and video off of an iPhone within one-and-a-half minutes. The device works with 3000 different phone models and can even defeat password protections.

“Complete extraction of existing, hidden, and deleted phone data, including call history, text messages, contacts, images, and geotags,” a CelleBrite brochure explains regarding the device’s capabilities. “The Physical Analyzer allows visualization of both existing and deleted locations on Google Earth. In addition, location information from GPS devices and image geotags can be mapped on Google Maps.”

The ACLU is concerned that these powerful capabilities are being quietly used to bypass Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches.

“With certain exceptions that do not apply here, a search cannot occur without a warrant in which a judicial officer determines that there is probable cause to believe that the search will yield evidence of criminal activity,” Fancher wrote. “A device that allows immediate, surreptitious intrusion into private data creates enormous risks that troopers will ignore these requirements to the detriment of the constitutional rights of persons whose cell phones are searched.”

The national ACLU is currently suing the Department of Homeland Security for its policy of warrantless electronic searches of laptops and cell phones belonging to people entering the country who are not suspected of committing any crime.




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65 COMMENTS

  1. The fact more and more people include "liked" this gives sort of child-like chuckle to me. I quite like realizing that between the hatred, assault, in addition to most available pessimism, individuals may still have a good laugh on them selves in order to find approaches to giggle. It appears as if in order to not to head out insane on earth would be to find humour from it!

  2. This application has been around now for several decades. It’s used by T-Mobile and AT&T. Initially, just like all protection marketed to People in america by our govt, it was forced as a way to find a client who was in problems by the cops. mspy review

  3. Someone said "If you have nothing to hide, you shouldn't be afraid" but what happens when they take 2 hours searching through your phone to find nothing? The chance of them finding a "drug baron" are slim and they'd have better chances looking through their own ranks!

    It's sad that a great country such as ours claims that we are free when we have (or spend the night in jail) to give the cops consent to search everything..

    dont complain when they have 2 fingers up you, looking for drugs, or whatever the newest 'scourge' is.. remember you wanted to be safe from 'drug dealers'

  4. It's not just Michigan.. I got busted here in California during a traffic stop, with prescription Norcos.. they went through my phone and I had a text from a friend asking if i could give him some for his back.. this was December 30th of 2010 and im just now being put on house arrest for "Possession with intent to sell"…. Just be careful with your text messages, and whatever you do hire a lawyer if this happens to you.. ive seen violent offenders get off with less punishment than me, but my dumb ass got a public defender..

  5. I find no mention in any discussion here, or anyplace else for that matter, that the device requires that the cell phone be plugged into it…. have a look at the picture accompanying this article. If so, it's not possible for anyone to use this device to download any information directly from your phone (or sim card) without at least your indirect knowledge, because the device user has to physically connect it to your phone. I don't agree with any aspect of this device, or similar intrusions (more often below the radar and without our consent), but would hope that people focus on the rights issues, rather than the conspiratorial ones (at least insofar as concerns law enforcement's *secret* use of these devices).

  6. Everyone, no matter if you don't live in Michigan or you do, needs to memorize this line–

    "The Fourth Amendment specifically states and requires that search and arrest warrants be judicially sanctioned and SUPPORTED BY A PROBABLE CAUSE" in case you get pulled over for no reason and/ or are asked for your phone.

    Be aware, be vigilant. God bless everyone.

    • From what I've heard, it was all supposed to be under the radar, and the news caught on when people started talking about it. For once, it seems the Press did its job (key word: SEEMS. Wouldn't surprise me if a lot of places were looking at this as a test, to see if people would put up with it.)

      Once again, hidden in plain sight.

  7. Notice something odd about the article?

    This stuff is happening in Michigan.

    Not Alabama, nor West Virginia, nor Utah, nor Arizona, nor Texas. Michigan, once the most progressive state with a prosperous working class, now leading the way in oppressing its citizens.

    How much you want to bet the Michigan Police got their devices free.

  8. The FBI has had that device for awhile. I guess its finally triggering down to local law enforcement. When the FBI took over the Norma Lopez case in Moreno Valley, CA, they had that same device and went through all the students text messages and photos.

  9. "Future Shock" is a book written by the sociologist and futurist Alvin Toffler in 1970. It grew out of an article "The Future as a Way of Life" in Horizon magazine, Summer 1965 issue.[1][2][3][4] The book has sold over 6 million copies and has been widely translated.

    In the book, Toffler defines the term "future shock" as a certain psychological state of individuals and entire societies. His shortest definition for the term is a personal perception of "too much change in too short a period of time".

    A documentary film based on the book was released in 1972 with Orson Welles as on-screen narrator.

    Toffler argues that society is undergoing an enormous structural change, a revolution from an industrial society to a "super-industrial society". This change will overwhelm people, the accelerated rate of technological and social change leaving them disconnected and suffering from "shattering stress and disorientation" – future shocked. Toffler stated that the majority of social problems were symptoms of the future shock. In his discussion of the components of such shock, he also popularized the term "information overload."

    His analysis of that phenomenon is continued in his later publications, especially "The Third Wave" and "Powershift".

    -Future shock

    -Noun

    -A condition of distress and disorientation brought on by the inability to cope with rapid societal and technological change.

    Sociology, informational society refers to a post-modern type of society. Theoreticians like Ulrich Beck, Anthony Giddens and Manuel Castells argue that since the 1970s a transformation from industrial society to informational society has happened on a global scale.

    As steam power was the technology standing behind industrial society, so information technology is seen as the catalyst for the changes in work organisation, societal structure and politics occurring in the late 20th century.

    In the book Future Shock, Alvin Toffler used the phrase super-industrial society to describe this type of society. Other writers and thinkers have used terms like "post-industrial society" and "post-modern industrial society" with a similar meaning.

    Under the pressure of uncertainty, disorientation, confusion, change, uphevel, war, terror and fear, people will look to a strong man or anyone who can return safety, normalcy, and stability to their lives.

    I believe we are going through a period of rapid change to a new global society, the likes of which are legend in the myth of Atlantis.

    The old institutional pillars of human tradition which served us in the past are under duress of an paralysing awareness of personal self-doubt, fear and terror of the future.

    Misoneism rears its ugly head in religious fanaticism, and intolerance.

    Black magicians and sorcery such as the likes of Crowley, and unknown others, threaten to overwhelm, and pull us into the Abyss of insanity and soul negation, in this time of rapid transition to a new global society.

    Now at more then any other time in our history we need to hold on to our virtues and morals, which determine our goal in the evolution of awareness, perception, sanity, spirituality, and life affirming faith, based on compassionate goodness and selfless love in hearts.

    These are difficult times, but we are the pioneers who will determine tomorrows world, and courage, strength, vision, skill, daring and risk are the qualities the noble heroes used to blaze new trails, and overcome obstacles in their path.

    We are the future, we are the first wave, the world will follow in our footsteps, what we do, or what we don't do, matters today, right now, for tomorrow!

    Those who must control the minds of others have already lost control of themselves.

    • Sorry I don't understand.. What makes us special? There's been traitors, conspiracists, and tyrants all over the world history. And there always have been people who's had enough of this and stopped them. Or at least they stood up for their freedom. Only thing different is they didn't have access to the internet. Even the Illuminati order exists more than a hundred years already. What makes us different? And what methods do we have to stop being manioulated?

      Peace.

      • We are special because we care! And we can do anything we put our minds to do!

        It takes hard times to develop psychic muscle, and it takes wisdom, learned through pain, suffering, trials, tribulations, and patience, to know exactly when and where is the right time to push.

        It's all about mind over matter- but if you don't have a mind – it really doesn't matter".

        Heaven's mightiest angels were once Hell's darkest demons!

        I know because I personally had to fight through the darkness to get to the light.

      • If we could only remove the wires from our tissues for a minute, maybe we'd learn to start exercising the third eye between the temple's summit.

    • Nice mention of Future Shock- It is the best terminology to describe exactly what has been happening for decades since the turn of the 20th century and the pace of change is only accelerating with each decade.

      My oldest neice saw poltergeist for the first time and had a lot of questions about TV ending with the anthem and static for several hours. Then the 13 channels with a knob, no remote, rabbit ears and antenna on the house, and then we talked about Grandmom and Great grandmom's way of life of stories past from generation to generation- such as going into town to the icehouse for a block of Ice for the ice-box, because there was no electrical refrideration. She was floored of the idea of not having electricity and how did people get by.

      Besides Toffler, when I hear of Future Shock, I also think of Herbie Hancock and Ray Bradbury together for the video Rockit.

      The video Rockit (from the Future Shock) opens with a mechanical leg that kicks milk bottles away from the door (that was delivered to a house devoid of people) The machines and manaquins operate independantly in bizarre fashion (where the only sign of life is an image of Herbie Hancock on TV set)

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nK0Pi4wC8Hk

      The video parallells the chilling side of "There will come soft rains" where a house full of ghostly robots running wild since the human race has already checked out and the tasks for the robots is meaningless. A good short by futuristic sci-fi author raybradbury- probably helped inspire that show "life after people"

  10. Looks like this device supports every smart phone but Windows Phone 7. Looks like I'll be getting a Samsung Focus or HTC HD7

  11. no surprise this isn't on cnn, fox, or msnbc… a google search of the topic shows it's only being reported on small, local papers

  12. Unfortunately this procedure not illegal on the grounds 'you shouldn't be scared if you have nothing to hide' sort of idea. Whilst in many,many cases the device will find nothing of importance there is a small chance it will find something worth looking in to – a drugs baron or possible terrorist. But you are still legally within your own rights to refuse access to your cell phone – and if arrested you have a very strong case for false arrest. I honestly myself don't see any harm in the procedure, if they're only doing it when stopped for minor offenses as the article – and many others – states then the people that stay out of trouble have nothing it worried about.

    • The procedure is most definitely unconstitutional. To apply "you shouldn't be scared if you have nothing to hide" to this situation is to question the fourth amendment itself; the same argument can be applied to the very amendment that's supposed to protect us from illegal unreasonable search and seizure. And yes if you have nothing to hide it won't turn up anything of importance but it's the fact that it's YOUR business, it's your RIGHT to not have the government search YOUR stuff.

      • "Where are zie papers!!!" was for the 20th century, now it's "Where is zie chip!!!- your phone please!!– Are you hiding something from me!?!?!"

      • The gestapo would have to spend hours investigating and interviewing to develop a profile of someone- who were friends and affiliates, personal habits, daily routines, and gossip. Now they get it in 90 seconds or less! Not much of an interview anymore and it's more comprehensive. As the Church Lady would say on SNL "How Convenient, well isn't that special"

      • Though they can always utilize facebook for all that information as well. That is a fantastic profile gathering resource for TPTB. And I agree with you flips that they are tracking and keeping files on much of the population. I have seen more than enough to convince me that these files are being kept to help identify the 'domestic terrorists' per MIAC http://neithercorp.us/npress/2011/04/a-day-in-the
        possible first draft for fema???

  13. headline: iSpy Conspiracy: Your iPhone Is Secretly Tracking Everywhere You’ve Been

    http://gizmodo.com/#!5793925/your-iphone-is-secre

    Sam Biddle — This [illustration at link] is a map of everywhere I've been for nearly the last year. Everywhere. I didn't carry around a special tracking device. The FBI isn't sending goons in unmarked vans to track me. All I did was use an iPhone. And if you have an iPhone, you're being tracked right now, too, whether you like it or not.

    It turns out that all our iPhones are keeping a record of everywhere you've been since June. This data is stored on your phone (or iPad) and computer, easily available to anyone who gets their hands on it.

    You know, AT&T and other cellphone providers always store this data, for any cellphone. And law enforcement can get to it when they need to. But I don't want this information bouncing around in my pocket with me, too, for no good reason, with no way to opt out. That's just not right.

    The privacy startle, apparently enabled by this summer's iOS 4 release, was discovered by two security researchers, one of whom claims he was an Apple employee for five years. They're equally puzzled and disturbed by the location collection: "By passively logging your location without your permission, Apple have made it possible for anyone from a jealous spouse to a private investigator to get a detailed picture of your movements," they explain. All it would take to crack the information out of your iOS device is an easy jailbreak. On your computer, the information can be opened as easily as JPEG using the mapping software that the security experts have made for download—Try it yourself.

    The data itself is jarringly accurate. Even though it appears to rely on tower triangulation rather than GPS pinpointing (meaning you're not safe with location services switched off), the map I was able to generate with mapping software the security duo released visualizes my life since the day I bought my iPhone 4 in July. Everywhere I've been. Bus trips home. Train trips to visit family. Vacations. Places I'd forgotten I'd even gone. Zoom in on that giant blotch over New York, and you can see my travels, block by block. My entire personal and professional life—documented by a phone I didn't know was also a full time location logging device. It's all accessible—where I've been, and when. I don't really have anything to hide, which is why I don't mind sharing the map. But at least let me turn this off.

    For now, there is no fix. The only way to remove it from your computer is to wipe your back up files from your computer. But then you have no back ups to restore your phone in case you lose it. And every time you sync your computer, though, it'll create a new file. And if you do lose your phone, all your tracking data goes with it, right into the hands of whoever found it. And if you upgrade your phone to the next iPhone, the location tracking history goes with it.

    Until Apple stops doing this, or explains why they are doing it, I don't feel safe. I feel weird having all this data that I don't want recorded on my iPhone, and so do others. Maybe they're doing it for the government. Maybe they're doing it because they're forced to. So far, the researchers have found no proof that the information is being transmitted to remote servers hosted by Apple or the feds. Right now There's no evidence of that at all—that's the good news. But that's still a lot of information on our phones about where we've been, whether or not we want it.

    We have reached out to Apple for commentary and are awaiting a response. [Peter Warden via The Guardian]

    • sorry for multiple postings, but, frankly, this seems to dwarf vig's original post … here's the source article cited by gizmo:

      headline: iPhone keeps record of everywhere you goPrivacy fears raised as researchers reveal file on iPhone that stores location coordinates and timestamps of owner's movements

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/apr/20/

      [this poster recommends you see images at the link as well]

      Security researchers have discovered that Apple's iPhone keeps track of where you go – and saves every detail of it to a secret file on the device which is then copied to the owner's computer when the two are synchronised.

      The file contains the latitude and longitude of the phone's recorded coordinates along with a timestamp, meaning that anyone who stole the phone or the computer could discover details about the owner's movements using a simple program.

      For some phones, there could be almost a year's worth of data stored, as the recording of data seems to have started with Apple's iOS 4 update to the phone's operating system, released in June 2010.

      "Apple has made it possible for almost anybody – a jealous spouse, a private detective – with access to your phone or computer to get detailed information about where you've been," said Pete Warden, one of the researchers.

      Only the iPhone records the user's location in this way, say Warden and Alasdair Allan, the data scientists who discovered the file and are presenting their findings at the Where 2.0 conference in San Francisco on Wednesday. "Alasdair has looked for similar tracking code in [Google's] Android phones and couldn't find any," said Warden. "We haven't come across any instances of other phone manufacturers doing this."

      Simon Davies, director of the pressure group Privacy International, said: "This is a worrying discovery. Location is one of the most sensitive elements in anyone's life – just think where people go in the evening. The existence of that data creates a real threat to privacy. The absence of notice to users or any control option can only stem from an ignorance about privacy at the design stage."

      Warden and Allan point out that the file is moved onto new devices when an old one is replaced: "Apple might have new features in mind that require a history of your location, but that's our specualtion. The fact that [the file] is transferred across [to a new iPhone or iPad] when you migrate is evidence that the data-gathering isn't accidental." But they said it does not seem to be transmitted to Apple itself.

      CAPTION OF IMAGE: Map shows location data collected from an iPhone that had been used in the southwest of England

      Although mobile networks already record phones' locations, it is only available to the police and other recognised organisations following a court order under the Regulation of Investigatory Power Act. Standard phones do not record location data.

      MPs in 2009 criticised the search engine giant Google for its "Latitude" system, which allowed people to enable their mobile to give out details of their location to trusted contacts. At the time MPs said that Latitude "could substantially endanger user privacy", but Google pointed out that users had to specifically choose to make their data available.

      The iPhone system, by contrast, appears to record the data whether or not the user agrees. Apple declined to comment on why the file is created or whether it can be disabled.

      Warden and Allan have set up a web page which answers questions about the file, and created a simple downloadable application to let Apple users check for themselves what location data the phone is retaining. The Guardian has confirmed that 3G-enabled devices including the iPad also retain the data and copy it to the owner's computer.

      If someone were to steal an iPhone and "jailbreak" it, giving them direct access to the files it contains, they could extract the location database directly. Alternatively, anyone with direct access to a user's computer could run the application and see a visualisation of their movements. Encrypting data on the computer is one way to protect against it, though that still leaves the file on the phone.

      Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at the security company Sophos, said: "If the data isn't required for anything, then it shouldn't store the location. And it doesn't need to keep an archive on your machine of where you've been." He suggested that Apple might be hoping that it would yield data for future mobile advertising targeted by location, although he added: "I tend to subscribe to cockup rather than conspiracy on things like this – I don't think Apple is really trying to monitor where users are."

      ILLUSTRATION CAPTION: The data inside the file containing the location and time information. This is used to plot the map above

      The location file came to light when Warden and Allan were looking for a source of mobile data. "We'd been discussing doing a visualisation of mobile data, and while Alasdair was researching into what was available, he discovered this file. At first we weren't sure how much data was there, but after we dug further and visualised the extracted data, it became clear that there was a scary amount of detail on our movements," Warden said.

      They have blogged about their discovery at O'Reilly's Radar site, noting that "why this data is stored and how Apple intends to use it — or not — are important questions that need to be explored."

      The pair of data scientists have collaborated on a number of data visualisations, including a map of radiation levels in Japan for The Guardian. They are developing a Data Science Toolkit for dealing with location data.

      Davies said that the discovery of the file indicated that Apple had failed to take users' privacy seriously.

      Apple can legitimately claim that it has permission to collect the data: near the end of the 15,200-word terms and conditions for its iTunes program, used to synchronise with iPhones, iPods and iPads, is an 86-word paragraph about "location-based services".

      It says that "Apple and our partners and licensees may collect, use, and share precise location data, including the real-time geographic location of your Apple computer or device. This location data is collected anonymously in a form that does not personally identify you and is used by Apple and our partners and licensees to provide and improve location-based products and services. For example, we may share geographic location with application providers when you opt in to their location services."

  14. Inch by inch from many different directions the rights of the American public are being slowly stripped away. As an objective observer I must say this will not end well for the American population. The problem exists not with the government which will always want to grab and extend its police and governmental reach. The problem exists with the people who willfully refuse to read history who willfully refuse to stay informed and who willfully allow these illegal activities to take place. Keep in mind democracy by design can only function correctly and lawfully if you have an intelligent, informed and politically active and >activated< population.

    The current state is not a reflection of a bad government, they are all bad if allowed to function without public scrutiny and control, and the occasional house cleaning, the current state in America is a reflection of an ignorant and uninformed and un-activated population. It will be ignorance that enslaves the American people, not technology, not the government and not the economy, those are just tactical tools of convenience for the power hungry individuals in control. I fear at this point it might be too late, the media and gov. mechanism is so efficient and has corralled the"sheeple" into their stalls and the "sheeple" think this is normal and this is indeed reality. Sad really….

    • noctum z,

      You're absoulutely right, and I agree with you word after word. Thank you for your comment.

      You know what I figure? The way to "awaken" the population is exacly the same way government lays them asleep with their 9/11's and such things. These things made them hate terrorists and Muslims and forget about their own government. Now we have to figure out the way to make them forget the rapists and terrorists and drug dealers and hitmen and mobsters and whoever else and make them hate their own government that allowed (if not helped) all these things to exist in the first place. And then come up with solutions (in case we even have any solutions by that time) – when they're really trying to find it and not before.

    • And when I try to open anyone's eyes. ..
      I'm the one called 'wierd'. I can't seem to get through to any of my sheeple friends and family.
      Not only too late, but, I think 'they' won.

  15. What would they do if I told them I didn't have one? Would I be obstructing injustice?

    But for real…

    all it will take is one beneficial thing to come of this for people to fully accept it.

  16. i like how the title of the video mentions they could be breaking the 4th amendment. What else is new? S**t the TSA is doin the same damn thing! SMH!

    • ohhh snap… lmbo!!!! i just laughed totally out loud man… but I feel you. on a serious note…s**t's about to get really real.

    • The fact that so many people have "liked" this brings a sort of child-like giggle to me. I enjoy knowing that amongst the hatred, violence, and all out negativity, people can still laugh at themselves and find ways to smile. It seems like the only way to not go insane in this world is to find humour in it!

  17. THey slowly and meticulously abuse our rights and remove them and we haven't realized. WE THE PEOPLE are THEM.we are sheep FOR SLAUGHTER to them…New World Order soon.WAKE UP

    • You are so right , I myself saw an ad i'll just say didnt sit right with me. It was a picture of beyonce that is depicting "Baphomet Horns" in a for Nexxus celluar which is sort of big brotherish to me. The shocker I might add is that it is a picture VC used in his article on her regarding the birth on Sasha Feirce. I'm just sayn hey this is a very informative website I been coming to for some time , But we see alot of symbolism soo in addition to learning about it…. o_O we have to be plauged by the same ad's???

  18. State police? I was expecting it to be border patrol and the old "You don't have those rights at the border" argument to come up. After all, didn't Bush extend how far from the border counts as on the border by a *lot*, to the point that most of Michigan is "US border" for purposes of search and seizure?

  19. I dont' trust anything electronic anyway. Even the posting here, I assume big brother incognito already has a database for me and for us (not to sound paranoid).

    This is more of a show of force to let it be publicly known "We are watching you" and to have the grunts on the field enforcing it, rather than hiding in the shadows of NSA collecting it from the towers/wires out of sight. It is about intimidation now and the show of force by the DHS and police state. This is an aggression and bullying tactic that is not necessary- The line has been crossed and they want to be visibly clear about it.

    Smartphones- not so smart to have if you enjoy your privacy.

  20. Aren't those the devices they use to transfer date from your old phone to your new phone? Most certainly protesting that.

    • you're 'protesting' that? you see, the 'matrix' provides our egos the illusion that we are participating in some outer life, but really we're all sitting at some monitor somewhere. the 'matrix' might seem to entrap us, but really, we choose the matrix. and inasmuch as rfid chips might be implanted in our shoulders, actually we clutch our cell phones and won't part with them. and when something like that is pointed out you fall back into your ego, asserting that you'll protest that, as if there's a protest line, as if when you are stopped by a cop and in a rush you won't say "what the hell and go along with it," as if it mattered one iota one way or the other. but i'm sure i'm mistaken, and that instead i should just ask just how it is that you are protesting that.

      • brilliant

        a little off what you mentioned about rfid… from what I understand, a lot of hospitals put a chip in newborns' belly buttons to 'prevent baby snatching' but they claim to 'remove' it before the infant goes home. ….. how would we actually know if it had been removed? just a curious thought. damn this matrix! but hey, if it makes one feel better to protest something that simply doesn't sit right, then that's all we apparently have to hold on to- so by all means- protest. We already know the outcome will always be the same….

      • in 'the matrix' neo chooses between a red pill and a blue one. the false dilemma is evidenced by his learning kung fu in his sleep.

  21. its in no way usefull because its not going to save the country from being attacked by suicide bombers since you will not find them taking a risk by being stopped for reckless driving. There is no escuse, they are are using it as a suposed lopehole to bypass the 4th Amendment. crazy!

  22. They may be able to check the texting/talking while driving but see all of our information, absolutely not. I maybe in Alabama but if I'm stopped again I'll definatly be hiding my phone!

  23. In the end their just being used, doing their job, I won't say f**k the police, but f**k the people (satan included) who brought about this idea. Keep praying, stay vigliant.

    • i thought satan wanted you to lie, cheat, and murder, not to read people's sext messages. seriously f**k the police. class trading rich mans w***e.

  24. Just say NO. If they do it anyway then you have grounds for a lawsuit because your 4th amendment rights were violated. If they arrest you because you said NO then you could sue for false arrest.

    • My sister is about to become a Deputy Sheriff. I forwarded this article to her. I hope she doesn't have to do this to the people in our community as part of her job. She is a beautiful, physically strong, college educated woman and I can't imagine her becoming the kind of cop we all hate.

      • Hi fellow citizen of vigilance!

        Just wanted to say that your sister sounds like a wonderful young woman. I'm sure that she won't be one of the minority of police officers that continue to steal shine from the beautiful men and women who just try to feed their families and keep their communities safe everyday.

        With that being said, I was one of the people who 'liked' the comment above yours. It was clicked in haste and ignorance based only on my past experiences with law enforcement. A split second after I clicked it I had to ask God for forgiveness because I remembered that in his eyes we are all equal and HIS law is the only one that matters in the grand scheme of things. If people on both sides of the badge remembered this then there wouldn't be a need for phrases such as "F**k the Police", alas.

        Peace and Love.

    • They are being nosey for one reason only. To get info out of you.

      The easiest way to be able to search people with out a warrant is to pull you over first for a claim or a check point that you cant pass. Then claim you are doing something wrong then thEn "hey while were here …why dont we check his/her cell phone to see what goodies we find" its like a way for them to to kill 2 birds with one stone if u will. "Could be breaknig the 4th amendment" you mean they already have!

      This really is bullshit.

      God bless.

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