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Re: DA Wants to Restrict Pre-Paid Cell Phones

Dave Garland (
Sun, 28 Jan 2007 18:21:32 -0600

It was a dark and stormy night when PAT wrote:

> With the prepaid 'untraceable'
> cell phone however, one does not need to be anywhere near the scene
> of the crime.

True. But it does create an audit trail that identifies 1) what phone
made the call, and (assuming a newer phone) 2) exactly where it was at
the time, and 3) where it is at any future time that it is turned on.
You simply(?) have the network notify the authorities the instant the
phone is switched on, at which point the perp is carrying a homing

I suppose in the case of a phone used to detonate a bomb those
wouldn't be relevant. But would enough be left of the phone (assuming
the bomb maker is thinking about such things) to identify it after the
blast? In any case, the same argument applies to lasers, TV remotes,
garage door openers, washing machine timers, alarm clocks, model
airplane remote control gear, and a host of other gadgets that could
be used to construct infernal devices, so we'd need ways to track
possession of all those things as well.


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