Nobody likes seeing bad guys on the streets, but it's the price we pay when we try to circumvent personal liberties for the sake of security. I've been critical of the secrecy surrounding police "StingRay" technology, and now it landed a guy the "deal of the century."
It's incredible what the government will do to protect its privacy. Even if that means letting would-be criminals back on the streets. But that's exactly what happened in the case of four men, two guns, a bag of marijuana and a government secret.
StingRay technology, for those of you just hearing about it for the first time, is a kind of surveillance tech that is being fiercely guarded by the government.
StingRays, and other similar devices under different names, act like cell towers to collect highly identifiable data from cellphones that connect to them. Law enforcement is able to pinpoint with accuracy every user of a phone on the StingRay's network. And thanks to police use of a StingRay, an armed gunman only spent six months on probation.