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    D Wreck

    I would have thought that would be a wise caution:

    The kind of tracking you are describing is a hypothetical that has not been demonstrated to be in operation.
    However, since then, I've read countless arguments that begin, "So what?  Didn't you already know or suspect they were doing stuff like this?  Why feign outrage now?"

    So let me anticipate, sometime down the line, if/when we discover that they are and have been doing this, somebody's going to try to blow it off with the same message.  Because, really, we kind of knew they had to be doing SOMETHING with all that information.

    My assumption is that the tracking of your individual movement would impinge on your rights if you have been identified individually and without a warrant.
    Unless they have some secret legal opinion (and we've seen this happen many times already), this one saying that they can do that in a broad number of cases.  Like you, I'm speculating.  We'll never know because they don't tell us the truth about these things, or else they don't tell us at all.  Or they censor the news.  Or they lie to congress by telling the least untruthful untruths.  That has been the latest behavior.

    But you say they can't use it.  I don't feel certain of that.  Just think.  If they discovered that some major suspect had used a cell phone with number nnn-nnn-nnnn or whatever, a year ago, wouldn't it be ever so handy to go back in time and see all the tracking information on that phone number for the previous year and the year afterward?  How could they resist making that argument?  Who would argue against it?

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