Might I recommend the book "Stasiland" about the East German secret police, spying on it's own citizens, which due to their spying were able to prevent any politician from countering them because of the black mail material they had on every person (including the politicians and their families.)
BTW, if you get a chance, the opinion and the dissenting opinion are worth reading. It is amazing how incompetent our Supreme Court is in interpreting something as basic and straight forward as the 4th and 5th Amendments.
[IANAL:] Unfortunately you're wrong about this. In Caballes v. Illinois the Supreme Court found that a dog can be run around any vehicle during a traffic stop. If the dog signals, the officer then has probably cause to search a vehicle. The only limitation on this is that if the dog is not on the scene at the time of the stop, that the stop cannot be prolonged to wait for the dog to arrive. They can only hold you for as long as it would reasonably take to conduct the business of a traffic stop.
"NSA decides it doesn't care what the constitution says and keeps on doing what it wants."
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As a former Cisco employee (quit for a better job, although Cisco was a company I liked working for) I'll tell you that Cisco has a bottom 5% policy that every year the bottom 5% are let go.
But... it never seems to be enforced. So year over year there are more and more bottom 5%ers accumulate, and then Cisco has a layoff like this...
Isn't their range only like 100 miles? He'd have to plug in, and I can only imagine that would draw even more attention.
Japan can pre-warn about earthquakes by as much as 30 seconds to a couple minutes. Enough time to seek shelter. Unlike our system, I believe their system is automated and goes off when their computers detect the impending quake.
Did you get this Amber Alert? On the iPhone the klaxon was something like the Star Trek red alert, or an air raid siren, or a hybrid of the two. It was VERY loud. I had no idea what the fuck it was. My phone was in another room, and I thought something in my home had caught fire, or the AC had failed and was delivering some sort of catastrophic failure sound that I didn't know it was capable of making.
It really was that bad.
I disagree. This message could have easily been implemented for Smartphones to include photos of the kids/kidnapper, and stock photos of a blue NIssan Versa. (Or at the least, include a link to a page with those things on it.)
The other problem with this of course is that the kidnapper ALSO got the Amber Alert and is now aware he needs to change vehicles. The second he does that the Amber Alert is useless, and if he thought to do it BEFORE the Amber Alert when out then it is doubly useless. With a photo of the suspect and children? He is going to have to stop for gas at some point, regardless of what vehicle he is in.
There's this thing called rounding, and you would round 557 to 600, and sorry I didn't bother to google mapping directions from SF to Boulevard for pin point accuracy. The point is, it is very far away from where I live, and therefore most likely completely irrelevant.
The message was completely irrelevant for those of us 600+ miles away. I don't even own a car, I live in an urban area. I literally have NO idea what a Nissan Versa looks like. Literally NONE. I NEVER look at license plates on vehicles while I'm walking. NEVER.
These messages have ZERO relevance. Send me a pic of the kids or the kidnapper. I don't give a shit about the fucking make/model of a car that is 600 miles away (the distance from Washington DC to Florida btw).
I can only imagine what people in the far Northern side of the state in Shasta or Humboldt thought of it all. 900 miles away something happened and they are also getting this message.
I live in San Francisco, which is 600 miles from San Diego where this alert originated from. For you east coasters that is the equivalent of an Amber Alert in Florida being sent to everybody all the way to Washington DC.
I quickly researched how to turn off Amber Alerts on my phone, I won't be bothered by them ever again. (On an iphone Settings > Notifications, scroll to very bottom where you find Government Alerts, turn off Amber Alerts, leave on Emergency Alerts since that might actually carry important info.) And that of course is the real issue, by sending such an irrelevant and incredible annoying/distracting message they are inviting large swaths of the population to turn them off. Rules should be established around relevancy (ie, does somebody 600+ miles away need to be a recipient?) in order to keep the system useful.