Police State Surveillance

Cops Using Social Media Surveillance To Calculate Your “Threat Score”

Police in California are using state of the art surveillance tools to determine an individual’s “threat score” based on social media posts and other public records. According to the Washington Post, the software is being used by the Fresno police department at a $600,000 surveillance center in the San Joaquin Valley, and can analyze billions of data points in a matter of seconds. Fresno’s Real Time Crime Center hold dozens ...

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Half Of U.S. Adults Already In Facial Recognition Database Study Shows

A study conducted by Georgetown Law’s Center on Privacy and Technology shows that half of all U.S. adults are already in a facial recognition database accessible by police. According to the study, so many adults are in some sort of facial recognition database because at least 26 states share their Department of Motor Vehicles databases with the FBI, state police, or ...

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RI Bill Would Create Surveillance Apparatus To Automatically Ticket Motorists, Split Money With Corporation

A controversial bill passed by a House Committee in Rhode Island would create a state wide surveillance apparatus that would automatically ticket motorists and split half the money with the corporation that installed the cameras. Passed by a 7-2 vote on Tuesday by the House Corporations Committee, the bill calls for the authorization of a network of optical license plate readers ...

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Only Two Percent Of Surveillance Requests Denied By Secret Spy Court

Proving that the U.S. Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Court is nothing more than a rubber stamp for the government’s spying apparatus, a report has revealed the secretive court denied only about two percent of surveillance requests last year. According to the annual report, it received 1,752 applications for surveillance in 2016, partially denying only 26 of the requests and only denying nine of ...

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Federal Court Rules No Warrant Needed To Obtain Cellphone Location Data

Law enforcement agencies do not require a warrant to obtain individuals’ near-real-time cellphone location data, a federal court has ruled. Most Americans are familiar with the invasive surveillance tactics used by the NSA. According to the Washington Post, the agency gathers “nearly 5 billion records a day on the whereabouts of cellphones around the world.” This includes the collection of ...

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Oakland Finally Advances Measure To Rein In Stasi-Style Surveillance

Residents in Oakland, California have been attempting to reclaim their city from unwarranted spying by police for years, and the local bureaucracy is not helping. The City took its surveillance operations to a new level during the height of the Occupy Wall-Street Movement in 2013, when police proposed to use $2 million in federal grant money to expand a surveillance ...

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Feds Making Thousands Of Augmented Reality Surveillance Flights Across US

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Homeland Security have been running thousands of surveillance missions employing cellphone tracking and augmented reality technologies over US cities. According to an investigation by BuzzFeed News that collected flight data logged by planes registered with the two agencies from the public tracking service, FlightRadar24, over 3,500 surveillance flights took place between mid-August and December of 2015. Augmented ...

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Secret Spy Court Denied Zero Federal Requests For Surveillance In 2015

Proving that the secretive U.S. Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Court is nothing more than a rubber stamp for the government’s spying apparatus, a new Justice Dept. document shows that every single federal request for surveillance made in 2015 was approved. Lauded by officials as an adequate check on snooping powers, the FISA court is a U.S. federal court established and authorized under ...

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Secret Provision Would Expand FBI’s Warrantless Access To Online Records

[ssba] A secret provision snuck into the Senate’s annual intelligence authorization bill would expand the FBI’s ability to acquire Americans’ online records without a warrant or judicial oversight. The legislation, which has not yet been released to the public, cleared the Senate intelligence panel on Tuesday by a 14-1 vote. Two Senators familiar with the bill say it could have ...

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Pentagon Admits Deploying Military Spy Drones Over U.S.

[ssba] According to a new report released via Freedom of Information Act requests, the Pentagon admits to deploying military spy drones over the U.S.. Issued by Deputy Inspector General for Intelligence and Special Program Assessments, Anthony C. Thomas, the report concedes that unmanned MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper drones have made non-military flights no more than 20 times in the country between 2006 and ...

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Intelligence Chief Says Smart-Home Devices May Be Used To Spy On You

[ssba] The U.S. director of national intelligence, James Clapper, has told lawmakers that intelligence agencies could soon use the “Internet of Things” to conduct covert surveillance on the population. The Internet of Things refers to smart-devices which are embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity, that enables them to collect and exchange data and to be sensed and controlled ...

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Anaheim Police Using Cell-Site Simulators To Spy On Disneyland Tourists

[ssba] For years, police in Anaheim, California have been using extensive surveillance equipment to eavesdrop on the cell phone calls of the local population, as well as the 16 million-plus Disneyland tourists the area receives annually, new documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California say. Published on Wednesday, the documents show that a massive and sophisticated cell phone surveillance program has existed ...

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Scope Of FBI Data Collection Revealed For First Time After Gag Order Removed

[ssba] Requiring no approval by a judge, so-called “National Security Letters” are a type of administrative subpoena issued by the federal government for “national security” purposes. Used since the late 1970s, the use of the Letters was vastly expanded following the authorization of the Patriot Act in 2001, and will continue to be issued in their present form under the ...

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