Politics and Legislation
“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”
November 13th, 1993 will always remain an unforgettably tragic day for my wife and I. Our 18-year-old daughter, Jennifer, who was a college sophomore, decided to stop for bagels at a nearby shopping plaza after finishing her shift at the psychology clinic where she worked. As she was leaving the shop at about 11:30 a.m., she was abducted. After being held captive for a time, Jennifer managed to dial 9111 on her car phone, but her urgent call for help was for naught—she was raped and shot to death in bright daylight. In this moment of life and death urgency, the 911 dispatcher and her supervisor could not even determine which cell tower was transmitting Jennifer’s signal; they had no idea where she was. All they could do was helplessly listen to the last twenty minutes of our daughter’s life.
Jennifer’s phone, as it turned out, did not contain location-enabled technology–what is now...