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http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2010/12/realtime/


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.
 

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Sounds like a fourth amendment violation to me.
 

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Most of the same people that are ok with this hate the Patriot Act.

The same people support the new TSA security agenda, but abhor the Patriot Act.

Answer the 'why' and you'll see the reason.
 

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Hasn't law enforcement always done this? All I know is from TV cop shows. They are always using credit card info to track bad guys. Didn't know they needed a warrant to do that.
 
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