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Police Keep Quiet About Cell-Tracking Technology
Associated Press ^ | Saturday, March 22, 2014 | Jack Gillum

Posted on 03/22/2014 11:58:37 AM PDT by Star Traveler

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Police across the country may be intercepting phone calls or text messages to find suspects using a technology tool known as Stingray. But they're refusing to turn over details about its use or heavily censoring files when they do.

Police say Stingray, a suitcase-size device that pretends it's a cell tower, is useful for catching criminals, but that's about all they'll say.

For example, they won't disclose details about contracts with the device's manufacturer, Harris Corp., insisting they are protecting both police tactics and commercial secrets. The secrecy - at times imposed by nondisclosure agreements signed by police - is pitting obligations under private contracts against government transparency laws.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: cellphone; nsa; police; spying
Interesting ...
1 posted on 03/22/2014 11:58:37 AM PDT by Star Traveler
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To: Star Traveler

Don’t say anything, don’t text anything and don’t take pictures of anything you want on the front page of a newspaper because that is how much privacy your smart phone and computer offer you.


2 posted on 03/22/2014 12:01:30 PM PDT by BipolarBob
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To: BipolarBob

I just text stuff like ... “Do you want a loaf of bread?”

I’d like to see that one show up on the front page ... LOL ...


3 posted on 03/22/2014 12:03:15 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: BipolarBob

ah,now,


4 posted on 03/22/2014 12:04:35 PM PDT by Big Red Badger ( - William Diamonds Drum - can You Hear it G man?)
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To: Star Traveler

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5 posted on 03/22/2014 12:14:25 PM PDT by justrepublican (Screaming like a "Vexatious requester" at a Wellstone memorial...........)
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To: Star Traveler

,.,,


6 posted on 03/22/2014 12:14:45 PM PDT by justrepublican (Screaming like a "Vexatious requester" at a Wellstone memorial...........)
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To: Star Traveler

Probably a hand off of gear from the NSA.

Many newspapers still publishing often have a listing of criminals being arrested each day or a weekly total.

It is amazing how many of the arrested criminals got stopped for a vehicle safety violation or a moving violation. After stopping the vehicle/driver, the police find a lot of illegal drugs in the vehicle or weapons.

When one thinks about all the vehicles on the road, one has to wonder how the cops did the needle in the haystack event to find a driver with a car loaded with illegal drugs and or weapons. No wonder, we seldom see any vehicle pulled over by the local LEO’s for excessive speed or reckless/endangering driving.


7 posted on 03/22/2014 12:17:51 PM PDT by Grampa Dave ( Herr Obama cannot divert resources from his war on Americans!)
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To: Star Traveler
I just text stuff like ... “Do you want a loaf of bread?” I’d like to see that one show up on the front page ... LOL ...

Breaking news! Terrorists code broken, "loaf of bread" is code for brick of C4.

8 posted on 03/22/2014 12:18:01 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Star Traveler

! = milk


9 posted on 03/22/2014 12:18:38 PM PDT by justrepublican (Screaming like a "Vexatious requester" at a Wellstone memorial...........)
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To: Mastador1

LOL ...


10 posted on 03/22/2014 12:19:51 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Star Traveler

just wait till “bread” is outlawed!


11 posted on 03/22/2014 12:20:10 PM PDT by Big Red Badger ( - William Diamonds Drum - can You Hear it G man?)
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To: Star Traveler


12 posted on 03/22/2014 12:23:14 PM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

Let me tell you ... he’s gonna get MIGHTY BORED ... :-) ...


13 posted on 03/22/2014 12:24:48 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Star Traveler

Yet another 4th amendment violation.


14 posted on 03/22/2014 12:32:40 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Mohammed was a pedophile and Islam is a Totalitarian Death Cult.)
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To: Star Traveler

Anyone notice how many Sheriff’s departments have new buildings under construction that include some pretty heavy duty construction? Federal dollars paying for SCIFs?


15 posted on 03/22/2014 12:34:02 PM PDT by CodeToad (Keeping whites from talking about blacks is verbal segregation!)
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To: Star Traveler

Not owning, nor having a reason to use a cell phone, I find this article amusing.

If you do not want to be tracked and scanned and monitored, your cell phone’s best friend should be a mylar potato chips bag.


16 posted on 03/22/2014 12:42:55 PM PDT by upchuck (South Carolina Representative Trey Gowdy for Speaker of the House!!!)
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To: Star Traveler

wait til food shortages and rationing....


17 posted on 03/22/2014 12:48:42 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: CodeToad

Local cops and sheriffs will be on the side of the feds. They will not be on the sides of the people who pay them. Why? Because we elect their bosses and believe that everything they do is wonderful because they’re only catching bad guys.


18 posted on 03/22/2014 12:49:23 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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“everything they do is wonderful because they’re only catching bad guys”

I think that is no longer even a consideration for many cops. The Sheriff and large city police departments are hiring special operations guys like crazy, and to them it is all about getting to kick in doors like little soldiers. I live in a special ops area and have met all kinds that want to just get paid big bucks to kick in doors for a few years. They couldn’t care less about constitutional matters. That was removed from their heads in their military days. They enjoy being the prima donnas that get to be physical.


19 posted on 03/22/2014 12:54:30 PM PDT by CodeToad (Keeping whites from talking about blacks is verbal segregation!)
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To: Star Traveler

I am against all of this Super Snooping equipment (and SWAT teams) law enforcement is using today.
Makes our country feel like Nazi Germany. Crime is wose than ever...With all this gestapo, why is that so?


20 posted on 03/22/2014 1:13:01 PM PDT by Minutemen ("It's a Religion of Peace")
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To: upchuck
cell phone’s best friend should be a mylar potato chips bag

One Faraday Cage, coming up!
Any metal enclosure/box/bag will work fine - turn it off first else the battery will run down in Roaming mode.
Bury it (deep) and it becomes an EMP shield.

21 posted on 03/22/2014 1:15:16 PM PDT by grobdriver (Where is Wilson Blair when you need him?)
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To: CodeToad

I mean the people who elect the mayors and sheriffs think the local cops are only catching bad guys. We KNOW the ones wearing the badges are no different from jack booted Nazis. I’m getting to where my blood pressure goes up just looking at one of the fat asses.


22 posted on 03/22/2014 2:49:14 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: VerySadAmerican

Whenever I hear the phrase “catching bad guys”, I immediately think of Nazi supporters in 1933 that thought the Nazi were only doing what was best for Germany: Useful idiots.


23 posted on 03/22/2014 2:51:44 PM PDT by CodeToad (Keeping whites from talking about blacks is verbal segregation!)
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To: Star Traveler

I don’t have a problem with police doing legitimate criminal investigations but if they need a warrant to search my house they need a warrant to search my cell phone.


24 posted on 03/23/2014 5:59:45 AM PDT by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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