CAIR Applauds Supreme Court Ruling
 

 

San Francisco, CA: The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's leading Muslim civil liberties organization, January 23 applauded a unanimous ruling by the US Supreme Court stating that warrantless GPS monitoring of suspects violates the Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable search and seizure.  SEE: Warrants Needed for GPS Monitoring, Supreme Court Rules   To read the entire decision, visit: Supreme Court.

CAIR said the decision held that the installation of a GPS tracking device on a vehicle by law enforcement constitutes a search as defined by the Fourth Amendment and therefore required a warrant. The decision resolves a conflict among lower courts about whether or not law enforcement should be required to obtain a warrant.  In October of last year, CAIR filed an amicus (friend of the court) brief in the case ( United States v. Jones) seeking the court's support for the requirement that a warrant be obtained before placing a GPS tracking device on any individual's vehicle.   To read the entire CAIR brief, visit: Amicus.

 "We welcome this decision from the Supreme Court because it shows clearly that the nation's highest court has recognized that the warrantless use of GPS devices is a violation of Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure," said CAIR Legal Counsel Nadhira Al-Khalili, the attorney of record on CAIR's amicus brief. 

She said CAIR's interest in the case stems from a lawsuit it is litigating on behalf of Yasir Afifi, a Santa Clara, Calif., resident who discovered a GPS tracking device placed on his vehicle in October 2010. FBI agents went to Afifi's home two days after the GPS device was discovered to retrieve it and interrogate him.

In March 2011, CAIR filed suit on behalf of Afifi against Attorney General Eric Holder and FBI Director Robert Mueller. In September 2011, that case was stayed pending the Supreme Court's decision in Jones. "This important ruling will serve to protect all Americans from further unchecked assaults on constitutional rights," said CAIR-SFBA Executive Director Zahra Billoo and Afifi's attorney.  SEE: Caught Spying on Student FBI Demands GPS Tracker Back CAIR has received reports from several American Muslims who have discovered GPS tracking devices on their vehicles. In each of these cases, there has not been a warrant.  

 

 

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