A few months ago, The Bitter Patriot got quite angry about the warrantless use of GPS tracking devices to track the movements of "suspected n'err-do-wells".
Well, today marks a new chapter in the Big Brother Totalitarian Police State. It has come to light that the Federal Government has been using real time data from your credit cards to track your movements and purchases. This is also happening without any sort of warrant.
As reported by Wired "Federal law enforcement agencies have been tracking Americans in real-time using credit cards, loyalty cards and travel reservations without getting a court order, a new document released under a government sunshine request shows.
The document, obtained by security researcher Christopher Soghoian, explains how so-called “Hotwatch” orders allow for real-time tracking of individuals in a criminal investigation via credit card companies, rental car agencies, calling cards, and even grocery store loyalty programs. The revelation sheds a little more light on the Justice Department’s increasing power and willingness to surveil Americans with little to no judicial or Congressional oversight."
Today the Washington Post has reported that the Feds admit they have done a lot of snooping around well beyond what is legal.
I don't know about you, but I find all of this to be pretty creepy. If the government has the ability and proven history of using these sorts of tactics, then all Liberty really is lost in America.