A federal court judge in Arizona next month will decide if the Department of Justice overstepped the 4thamendment when it used a device called a “stingray” to collect evidence against David Daniel Rigmaiden, a 30-year-old Arizona man accused of leading a massive identity theft ring from 2005 to 2008.  Stingrays look like cell towers but are used to collect cell information (even when the phone is not in use) from everyone within reach of the device. Law enforcement officials say the tool is used in a targeted way to search for terror suspects. the defendant in this case says his fourth amendment rights were violated.

On ‘Real News’ Friday the panel discussed if the ‘stingray’ and Arizona case falls in line with previous instances in recent years where the U.S. government has been accused of twisting the Constitution and individual rights in the interest of fighting terrorism: