Commie Senators Pressuring Technology Companies to Drop DUI Checkpoint Apps for iPhones, Androids, and Blackberries
Unsurprisingly, the Canadian maker of Blackberry, Research In Motion, has decided to march in lockstep with their fellow travelers and drop the DUI Checkpoint apps [CLICK HERE]. I say “unsurprisingly” because Canadians have long since given themselves over to a police state. Case in point; radar detectors: In most areas in Canada, it is illegal to have a radar detector. In fact, Canadian police cruisers are equipped with radar detector detectors so that they can pull over and harass unsuspecting tourists from America.
EDITORIAL: Senators push app censorship
Leftists pine for expansion of Soviet-era checkpoints
A quartet of Democratic senators expressed out -rage Tuesday at the thought that Americans might object to being stopped and interrogated while going about their daily business. The hard-left solons – Frank R. Lautenberg of New Jersey, Harry Reid of Nevada, Charles E. Schumer of New York and Tom Udall of New Mexico – are pressuring technology companies to censor a popular software feature available for Android phones, Blackberries and iPhones that enables drivers to avoid a warrantless search by police during their drive home.
It wasn’t so long ago that “Papers, please” checkpoints could only be found in Eastern European countries under the thumb of the Soviet Union. They were tools of oppression designed to keep the populace in check. In 1990, the Supreme Court decided that such techniques could be used in the United States because of the “carnage” caused by drunk driving – the Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable searches and seizures notwithstanding. The advent of smartphones has enabled drivers to note the locations of these stops and dispatch a warning notice to anyone who may be in the vicinity. It’s the digital equivalent of flashing one’s headlights to warn of an upcoming speed trap – a form of free speech as old as the automobile itself.
Mr. Reid, Mr. Schumer, Mr. Lautenberg and Mr. Udall don’t see it that way. They wrote a letter pressuring the chief executives of Apple, Google and Research in Motion (makers of the Blackberry) to “remove these applications from your store unless they are altered to remove the DUI/DWI checkpoint functionality.”
Real drunk drivers deserve severe punishment, but the best way to catch them is to respect the Fourth Amendment. Instead of having cops stand around behind barricades interrogating soccer moms, have them patrol the streets looking for evidence of impaired driving. It works.
In the meantime, high-tech companies ought to email these senators a free Constitution app for their smart phones.Explore posts in the same categories: Abuse of Power, politics, Technology