L. Gordon Crovitz in The Wall Street Journal on technology and privacy rights In U.S. v. Antoine Jones, argued in the Supreme Court last week, lawyers argued over whether police could attach a GPS tracking device to the car of a suspected drug dealer without violating his expectation of privacy. "The Fourth Amendment is a rare part of the Constitution that explicitly requires judges to adjust standards to reflect changes in society. What was unreasonable before may be reasonable now," writes Crovitz. He outlines how privacy laws have changed since 1890, when a Broadway actress once obtained an injunction against someone for taking a photo of her wearing tights. Crovitz argues that law enforcement technique should be allowed to evolve along with technology, but admits that the ever-changing landscape makes the law blurry. "As justices grapple with technology, they should be led by the online behavior of Americans, who increasingly value digital technology over privacy," he writes.
Michael O'Hanlon in The New York Times on making the Navy more efficient As America looks to cut its Pentagon budget, leaders should improve efficiency rather than disengage from foreign commitments. "The Navy has figured out how to do more with less in the past ... [A]fter the cold war, seeing the writing on the wall, the Navy got more innovative," writes O'Hanlon. He details the current numbers and positions of much of the Navy fleet before giving an example of the kinds of strategies -- rotating crews by airplane rather than returning ships home -- that would allow fewer ships to do the same amount of work. He admits these kinds of solutions would take time and wouldn't work in all cases, but he uses them to demonstrate the kind of innovative thinking that will allow the U.S. to maintain its commitments in times of austerity.