The GOP debate Thursday set viewership records for an obvious reason: One never knows what Donald Trump, the loose-lipped real-estate mogul might say. But many analysts believe the most significant exchange was when New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul sparred over warrantless searches by the National Security Agency.
Christie argued for giving officials the “tools” to collect data. Paul shot back: “You get a warrant.” The issue centers on the Fourth Amendment, which offers the public protection against “unreasonable searches and seizures.” The matter goes far deeper than presidential politics, as such cases wind their way through the courts.
Neither candidate mentioned a relevant federal ruling late last month in the U.S. District Court covering Northern California. Officials sought the right to track suspects’ Cell Site Location Information, or CSLI, for 60 days without gaining a warrant. Such location information lets law enforcement track the whereabouts of our cell phones in relation to cell towers.
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