Surveillance, Law and Policy in the 21st Century

from Law & Courts

Spring 2013

spring13.pdf_-_2014-02-25_02.58.55Justice Louis Brandeis’ comment, stating, “the progress of science in furnishing the Government with means of espionage is not likely to stop with wire-tapping” seems prophetic, given the creation of technology such as drones monitoring American skies and the construction of a massive National Security Agency data collection center in Utah (Olmstead v. US). If the Supreme Court justices in the 1920s could hardly conceive of technology that would allow law enforcement officials to intercept private phone conversations, they would not believe the current “means of espionage” being conducted by the government on its citizens every day…read more

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