The Government's escalating battle to stop the abuse of oxycodone now includes baiting bottles in pharmacies with GPS tracking systems. According to press reports the baited bottles will be handed out during pharmacy thefts and robberies in the hope of later tracking down the perpetrators.
Law enforcement is also asking industry researchers to explore the possibility of applying nanotechnology in such a way that individual 'bait' tablets could be tracked by GPS.
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The idea is similar to the red dye explosives banks throw into bags of cash when robbed. The dye makes it that much easier to catch the robbers. Unfortunately it takes weeks for your favorite Clearwater Criminal Defense Attorney to rub off the red dye when making timely withdrawals, but never mind my legal problems.
Couldn't the banks use GPS as well? Well, they do.
But they're smart enough not to advertise the fact as it wouldn't deter the robbery only force the robbers to remove the device.
Clearly, growing technology is taking away more of our privacy rights. Yet folks who rob pharmacies and banks probably don't have much room to complain. But for the rest of us imagine how are privacy rights will be diminished when the industry complies with law enforcement's request to create a nano GPS system. And it's important to know when electronic surveillance with GPS, video or audio is unlawful.
The Government has tried harsh mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses which have not only failed to curtail addiction and abuse, but have ruined many more lives than the drugs. In Florida law enforcement officers charged with protecting the public have recently abused their public trust by using improper tactics including secret video surveillance, false search warrants and lying while attempting to gain unlawful entry into a dwelling.