Mueller describes GPS problem from court ruling
A recent Supreme Court ruling is forcing the FBI to deactivate its GPS tracking devices in some investigations, agency director Robert S. Mueller said Wednesday.
Mr. Mueller told a congressional panel that the bureau has turned off a substantial number of GPS units and is using surveillance by agents instead.
“Putting a physical surveillance team out with six, eight, 12 persons is tremendously time intensive,” Mr. Mueller told a House Appropriations subcommittee. The court ruling “will inhibit our ability to use this in a number of surveillances where it has been tremendously beneficial.”
In January, the Supreme Court unanimously agreed to bar police from installing GPS technology to track suspects without first getting a judge’s approval.
“We have a number of people in the United States [whom] we could not indict, there’s not probable cause to indict them or to arrest them, who present a threat of terrorism, articulated maybe up on the Internet, may have purchased a gun, but taken no particular steps to take a terrorist act,” Mr. Mueller said. “And we are stuck in the position of surveilling that person for a substantial period of time.”
GPS trackers “enabled us to utilize resources elsewhere,” the FBI director added.
Mr. Mueller said the FBI will comply with the court decision and will make certain that whatever test is adopted ultimately, the bureau will adhere to that in terms of using GPS.
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