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The US government doesn't want you to know how the cops are tracking you
Guardian ^ | Saturday 14 June 2014 07.30 EDT

Posted on 06/15/2014 10:50:44 PM PDT by chessplayer

Thought the NSA was bad? Local police and the Obama administration are hoovering cellphone location data from inside your house,

All across America, from Florida to Colorado and back again, the country's increasingly militarized local police forces are using a secretive technology to vacuum up cellphone data from entire neighborhoods – including from people inside their own homes – almost always without a warrant. This week, numerous investigations by major news agencies revealed the US government is now taking unbelievable measures to make sure you never find out about it. But a landmark court ruling for privacy could soon force the cops to stop, even as the Obama administration fights to keep its latest tool for mass surveillance a secret.

So-called International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI) catchers – more often called their popular brand name, "Stingray" – have long been the talk of the civil liberties crowd, for the indiscriminate and invasive way these roving devices conduct surveillance. Essentially, Stingrays act as fake cellphone towers (usually mounted in a mobile police truck) that police can point toward any given area and force every phone in the area to connect to it. So even if you're not making a call, police can find out who you've been calling, and for how long, as well as your precise location.

Yet these mass surveillance devices have largely stayed out of the public eye, thanks to the federal government and local police refusing to disclose they're using them in the first place – sometimes, shockingly, even to judges. As the Associated Press reported this week, the Obama administration has been telling local cops to keep information on Stingrays secret from members of the news media, even when it seems like local public records laws would mandate their disclosure.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: policestate
And very soon EVERYONE will be forced to use a cellphone as landlines are done away with.
1 posted on 06/15/2014 10:50:44 PM PDT by chessplayer
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Guardian ratting out the Obama administration...

2 posted on 06/15/2014 10:55:46 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Gene Eric

no american media will.

3 posted on 06/15/2014 11:02:11 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: chessplayer

The Panopticon is growing.

4 posted on 06/15/2014 11:12:16 PM PDT by Republican1795.
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To: Secret Agent Man

I figured this was going on for a while so when ever I make a call, I always throw in comments on the perverted, peeping Toms who, when not peeping thru your window are listening to your phone calls. I usually add that at least it keeps the fat nieces of the sheriff employed. Then I add they can kiss my a55.

5 posted on 06/15/2014 11:16:25 PM PDT by Foundahardheadedwoman (God don't have a statute of limitations)
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To: chessplayer

Doesn’t matter if it’s landlines or not, big guv’ will still listen in.

6 posted on 06/15/2014 11:17:09 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company last election, and I laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: max americana

My land line phone can’t be overridden remotely to listen or turn on a camera to snoop in my home.

One’s cell phone can without any indication its being done.

Land line phones are much more likely to work in an emergency, especially an emergency that is common over a large area like an earthquake or power outage.

I’m sticking with land lines.

7 posted on 06/16/2014 12:06:53 AM PDT by DB
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It would have to be targeted rather than universal. They don’t have enough resources to follow everyone in real time. So the real question is, who gets onto police or NSA lists and why are they there?

8 posted on 06/16/2014 12:27:16 AM PDT by Peter ODonnell (It wasn't this cold before global warming)
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9 posted on 06/16/2014 1:09:49 AM PDT by Titan Magroyne (What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.)
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To: DB

We are also sticking with a land-line.

10 posted on 06/16/2014 1:13:30 AM PDT by USARightSide (S U P P O R T I N G OUR T R O O P S)
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To: chessplayer
Old news (2011):
11 posted on 06/16/2014 1:53:35 AM PDT by palmer (There's someone in my lead but it's not me)
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