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I ran across this article in Wired. In the fashion of others, here are some pertinent paragraphs:

The ACLU had an appointment last Tuesday to review documents pertaining to a case investigated by a Sarasota police detective. But marshals swooped in at the last minute to grab the records, claiming they belong to the U.S. Marshals Service and barring the police from releasing them.
Well, this must be an isolated case, involving cross-hatching investigations, redundancy...
“This is consistent with what we’ve seen around the country with federal agencies trying to meddle with public requests for stingray information,” Wessler said, noting that federal authorities have in other cases invoked the Homeland Security Act to prevent the release of such records. “The feds are working very hard to block any release of this information to the public.”
The records sought by the ACLU are important because the organization has learned that a Florida police detective obtained permission to use a stingray simply by filing an application with the court under Florida’s “trap and trace” statute instead of obtaining a probable-cause warrant. Trap and trace orders generally are used to collect information from phone companies about telephone numbers received and called by a specific account. A stingray, however, can track the location of cell phones, including inside private spaces.
The government has long asserted it doesn’t need a probable-cause warrant to use stingrays because the device doesn’t collect the content of phone calls and text messages, but instead operates like pen-registers and trap-and-traces, collecting the equivalent of header information. The ACLU and others argue that the devices are more invasive than a trap-and-trace.
A bit more below the Fleur-de-Kos.

Even more outrageous:

Recently, the Tallahassee police department revealed it had used stingrays at least 200 times since 2010 without telling any judge because the device’s manufacturer made the police department sign a non-disclosure agreement that police claim prevented them from disclosing use of the device to the courts.
From ACLU:
Court rules — and the First Amendment — require judges to retain copies of judicial records and to make them available to the public, but the court (and the detective) completely flouted those requirements here.
Hmmm... I wonder why? Could it have anything to do with the fact that they have been lying about the capabilities of Stingray?

So why would the Feds have their panties in bunch over some (relatively) pretty simple technology? All you need is exquisitely discreet radio receiver and a computer program. Not exactly outside the capabilities of the Government. I mean, the NSA can track all... uh... Hmmmm.

When the government obtains court authorization to use invasive surveillance equipment, the public should not be kept in the dark. We have open records laws for a reason, but they mean nothing if the government can violate their clear commands at its whim.
Same shit. Different day.
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    by CanisMaximus on Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 05:00:19 AM PDT

  •  First I've Heard the Term Stingray. What Is It? nt (4+ / 0-)
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    by Gooserock on Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 05:10:58 AM PDT

    •  I had the same question. Apparently they are (10+ / 0-)

      these devices:

      The new surveillance technology is the StingRay (also marketed as Triggerfish, IMSI Catcher, Cell-site Simulator or Digital Analyzer), a sophisticated, portable spy device able to track cell phone signals inside vehicles, homes and insulated buildings. StingRay trackers act as fake cell towers, allowing police investigators to pinpoint location of a targeted wireless mobile by sucking up phone data such as text messages, emails and cell-site information.

      When a suspect makes a phone call, the StingRay tricks the cell into sending its signal back to the police, thus preventing the signal from traveling back to the suspect’s wireless carrier. But not only does StingRay track the targeted cell phone, it also extracts data off potentially thousands of other cell phone users in the area.

      This should be added to the diary.



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      by Wee Mama on Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 05:51:25 AM PDT

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      •  Agreed; I Think Generally Many Diaries Should (5+ / 0-)

        be a little more newspaper-style in pushing most important material to the very top, and anticipating a less content-savvy readership. The site's electoral mission conflicts somewhat with our natural expectations of being a community of familiars.

        There's also a problem with dropping local content into here unedited, it's sometimes hard to know the locale if diarist doesn't add a line or two up front or in the title identifying the location.

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        by Gooserock on Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 06:05:47 AM PDT

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  •  Gee, Ya Think? (4+ / 0-)
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    Hmmm... I wonder why? Could it have anything to do with the fact that they have been lying about the capabilities of Stingray?
    You'd need to use the full power of their own surveillance state against them to probe deeply enough to discover an instance where they actually told the truth.

    On the Internet, nobody knows if you're a dog... but everybody knows if you're a jackass.

    by stevemb on Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 06:24:14 AM PDT

  •  Stingray has been discussed dozens of times... (3+ / 0-)
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    ...in this community over the past 2+ years. (And, even prior to that.)

    I’ve discussed Stingray, and the government’s use of the tool--and reference to the tool, without calling it out by name--to quell even domestic dissent (Stingray, and similar technology like it, has been widely used by our government outside of the country, too; use of it, without calling it out by name, is even referenced in the past week’s coverage on Bowe Bergdahl, in fact), quite a few times in this community, as recently as April 28th, in this post: Guardian, Wheeler Revisit “Hemisphere”: Massive, Secret U.S. Phone Dragnet Co-Funded by WH, which directly referenced it in this article in the Guardian by Trevor Timm: The mentality of J Edgar Hoover’s FBI undergirds today’s surveillance state.
    Of course, the reported facts about this technology–by myself and others here, many occasions¬–which has been used by our government for quite a few years, have been met met with trollish comments in some of those posts in this community, as well.

    Here is a LINK demonstrating that this has been reported DOZENS of times in this community, in the past couple of years here, alone.

    "I always thought if you worked hard enough and tried hard enough, things would work out. I was wrong." --Katharine Graham

    by bobswern on Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 08:35:57 AM PDT

    •  Wheeler has a new article today.. (3+ / 0-)
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      by DRo on Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 08:49:34 AM PDT

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      •  It's an excellent article, but a continuation... (2+ / 0-)
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        ...of a many year's-long story that many, including yours truly, have been closely covering, both here and elsewhere throughout the blogosphere, and even in a few places in the MSM.

        Regrettably, even TODAY, if I was to publish another post here--which I will, later on this evening, or early tomorrow--on all of this, in this supposedly-Democratic community, it would still be met with: a.) trollish comments, b.) twisted/baseless justifications (that might as well be written by the NSA, directly), 3.) outright lies, and 4.) insults.

        This behavior (within this community) is tacitly supported by the blog's ownership, too, regrettably, as it's made self-evident by the inconvenient fact that it's allowed to continue; even now.

        "I always thought if you worked hard enough and tried hard enough, things would work out. I was wrong." --Katharine Graham

        by bobswern on Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 11:20:39 AM PDT

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