Police State Surveillance

IG Report: Patriot Act Powers Have Led To No Major Terrorism Victories For FBI

[ssba] The FBI can produce no example of a major victory against terrorism thanks to the increased snooping powers granted by the Patriot Act, the Justice Department’s inspector general said in a report Thursday. “The agents we interviewed did not identify any major case developments that resulted from use of the records obtained in response to Section 215 orders,” Inspector General ...

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FBI Admits To Flying Spy Planes Over Baltimore Riots

[ssba] Federal authorities admitted Wednesday to using aircraft for surveillance flights over Baltimore, during the riots, after concerned citizens who observed the craft set off a social media firestorm earlier this week. “The aircraft were specifically used to assist in providing high-altitude observation of potential criminal activity to enable rapid response by police officers on the ground,” FBI spokeswoman Amy ...

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EFF Takes On DEA Phone Surveillance In Federal Lawsuit

[ssba] The Electronic Frontier Foundation has filed a lawsuit on behalf of the organization Human Rights Watch affirming that the DEA, acting on behalf of the Justice Department, violated the Constitution by secretly gathering logs of billions of calls from the United States to as many as 116 countries. The lawsuit, filed in federal court Wednesday, asks a judge to ...

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Virginia Gov. Attempts To Rewrite Bill Limiting Government Surveillance

[ssba] Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe  is attempting to amend a bill that would protect Virginia residents from high-tech government surveillance. Senate Bill 965, introduced by Democratic Sen. Chap Petersen, was designed to protect citizens’ right to privacy. The bill would limit the ability of government agencies and their use of technology to collect and maintain personal information on individuals and ...

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Snowden Exposes CIA Role In Warrantless Cellphone Tracking

[ssba] The US Marshals Service through its parent agency, the Department of Justice (DOJ), teamed with the Central Intelligence Agency to use technology that tricks cell phones into connecting to it in order to obtain data without warrants, new revelations from Edward Snowden reported by the Wall Street Journal show. ‘Dirtboxes’ or ‘Stingray’ surveillance technologies developed by private firms in ...

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Prosecutors Give Armed Robber Plea Deal To Avoid Disclosing ‘Stingray’ Surveillance Practices

[ssba] Rather than have police disclose the controversial ‘stingray’ surveillance practices that lead to the arrest of an armed robber, state prosecutors in Tallahassee, Florida have opted instead to grant the man a plea deal in order to keep from having to reveal the methods they used to catch him. 20-year-old Tadrae McKenzie and two buddies robbed a small-time pot ...

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UK Announces Plan To Equip Every Car In Country With Government-Controlled Remote

[ssba] It looks like the green mask is being pulled back in the UK. Today that nations government made public a plan to remotely control vehicles on roads using wi-fi technology in order to reduce traffic and ‘fight global warming.’ Ofcom, the UK government’s regulatory body that controls communications, released a report today outlining a framework for establishing a state ...

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DEA Using License-Plate Readers To Build Database Of Millions Of Drivers

[ssba] Under the authority of the Justice Department, the DEA has been building a national database to track in real time the movement of millions of vehicles around the country, current and newly released government documents show. The now-not-so-secret domestic intelligence-gathering program scans license plates and stores hundreds of millions of records about motorists in order to “seize cars, cash ...

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FBI Claims Warrants Not Needed To Deploy Data Interception Technology In Public Places

[ssba] The FBI says search warrants aren’t required to deploy interception technologies that trick electronic devices like smartphones into connecting to them for the purposes of obtaining data. In response, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and staffer Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) wrote a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson, maintaining they were ...

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Post Office Storing Copies Of Everyone’s Mail In National Database For Law Enforcement

[ssba] The United States Postal Service has been compiling a database of every Americans’ mail records into a dragnet being made available to law enforcement agencies on command. Information buried in the United States Postal Service’s annual audit, gleamed by SFGate, reveal that the USPS’ ‘mail covers‘ surveillance program has grown exponentially over the past two years Under the program, ...

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ACLU Lawsuit Yields Internal NSA Documents: Decade Of “Unlawful, Unauthorized Surveillance” Revealed

[ssba] The National Security Agency violated US law for over a decade with the unauthorized surveillance of domestic citizens’ overseas communications, according to highly redacted reports obtained by the ACLU in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. According to documents posted on the NSA website Wednesday, the examples of violations include sending data on Americans to unauthorized recipients, storing such data ...

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