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  • Taliban Invent & Deploy Bird Bomb in Northern Afghanistan ...

    11/29/2014 1:51:33 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 39 replies
    Khaama Press ^ | Sat Nov 29 2014, | MIRWAIS JALALZAI
    Police defuse a bird bomb in northern Afghanistan For the first time Afghan police discover and defused a bomb which was planted in a birdís body in northern Faryab province. Faryab is one of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan, which is located in the north of the country bordering neighboring Turkmenistan. According to local police, the suspicious bird was flying over a police check point on Faryab- Jawzjan high way in Shereen Tagab distract, when police start tracking it. ďThe bird which also had a GPS on the top of his head was used by unknown sources possibly Taliban against...
  • Dark matter could be seen in GPS time glitches

    11/19/2014 4:56:35 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    New Scientist ^ | November 17, 2014 | Hal Hodson
    GPS has a new job. It does a great job of telling us our location, but the network of hyper-accurate clocks in space could get a fix on something far more elusive: dark matter. Dark matter makes up 80 per cent of the universe's matter but scarcely interacts with ordinary matter. A novel particle is the most popular candidate, but Andrei Derevianko at the University of Nevada, Reno, and Maxim Pospelov at the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada propose that kinks or cracks in the quantum fields that permeate the universe could be the culprit. If they are right,...
  • The Knowledge, Londonís Legendary Taxi-Driver Test, Puts Up a Fight in the Age of GPS

    11/10/2014 4:11:45 PM PST · by Theoria · 18 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 10 Nov 2014 | JODY ROSEN
    The examination to become a London cabbie is possibly the most difficult test in the world ó demanding years of study to memorize the labyrinthine cityís 25,000 streets and any business or landmark on them. As GPS and Uber imperil this tradition, is there an argument for learning as an end in itself? At 10 past 6 on a January morning a couple of winters ago, a 35-year-old man named Matt McCabe stepped out of his house in the town of Kenley, England, got on his Piaggio X8 motor scooter, and started driving north. McCabeís destination was Stour Road, a...
  • Third Circuit gives narrow reading to exclusionary rule

    10/02/2014 2:37:59 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 1 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | October 2, 2014 | Orin Kerr
    Iíve blogged a few times about the Third Circuitís litigation in United States v. Katzin, a case on the Fourth Amendment implications of installing a GPS device. Initially, a panel of the court held that installing a GPS device on a car requires a warrant and that the exclusionary rule applied because there was no binding precedent allowing the government to install the device. Next, DOJ moved for en banc rehearing of just the exclusionary rule holding, which the Third Circuit granted. That brings us to the new development: On Wednesday, the en banc Third Circuit ruled that the exclusionary...
  • Deputies pull man from car at gunpoint after GPS mixup

    09/05/2014 5:31:24 PM PDT · by rey · 38 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | September 5, 2014 | JULIE JOHNSON
    A misstep by a company that tracks stolen vehicles using GPS sent authorities chasing after the wrong truck Friday, causing a multi-county pursuit that briefly stopped traffic on Highway 101 in Santa Rosa where deputies held an innocent man at gunpoint, CHP officials said. GuidePoint, a stolen vehicle recovery system firm headquartered in Michigan, apparently installed GPS tracking devices on a fleet of company vehicles and alerted authorities Friday afternoon that a gray Dodge Ram 3500 had been stolen, Officer Marcus Hawkins said. The company activated GPS to track the gray Dodge, but because of an unknown mix-up, they instead...
  • Four DARPA Projects That Could Be Bigger Than The Internet

    07/14/2014 11:30:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Defense One ^ | March 20, 2014 | Patrick Tucker
    Forty years ago, a group of researchers with military money set out to test the wacky idea of making computers talk to one another in a new way, using digital information packets that could be traded among multiple machines rather than telephonic, point-to-point circuit relays. The project, called ARPANET, went on to fundamentally change life on Earth under its more common name, the Internet. Today, the agency that bankrolled the Internet is called the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, which boasts a rising budget of nearly $3 billion split across 250 programs. They all have national security implications...
  • Pug Found Tied to Pole Reunited With Family

    06/11/2014 5:37:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    NBC Chicago ^ | Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014 | Marcus Riley
    Dog ran away from home 2-1/2 years agoA Washington D.C. family will be reunited with its lost dog this week after a Chicago Police officer found the pug tied to a pole in Rogers Park Monday afternoon. The officer discovered the 8-year-old dog named Prince Charming in the 7300 block of North Clark Street, where he had been tied up for five hours. The officer took Prince Charming to Felines and Canines, a pet adoption center. "He was pretty overweight ... it looked like he hadn't missed very many meals, but he looked pretty sad," adoption counselor Paula Grabow said....
  • GPS in teddy bear leads Athens police to thief

    06/06/2014 5:30:31 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    OnLine Athens ^ | 6-5-14 | Joe Johnson
    A GPS device hidden inside a teddy bear on Tuesday led police to a thief. Athens-Clarke County police said that Mid-Atlantic Clothing Recycling had recently been experiencing thefts of clothing from its collection bin at Georgia Square Mall. To combat the thefts, a company manager concealed a GPS device inside a teddy bear and he placed it in a bag of clothing that was then tossed into the collection bin, according to police. At about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, the manager called police to report that the teddy bear was on the move, headed toward Timothy Road. An officer in the...
  • Robbery Suspect Tracked by GPS and Killed

    05/19/2014 3:35:50 PM PDT · by csvset · 12 replies
    NY Times ^ | MAY 16, 2014 | JOSEPH GOLDSTEIN and MICHAEL SCHWIRTZ
    Relying on a GPS device placed in a decoy pill bottle, police officers tracked an armed man suspected of robbing a pharmacy on Friday afternoon and fatally shot him during a confrontation on the Upper East Side, police officials said. The decoy bottle was among a cache of drugs taken in an armed robbery about 1:30 p.m. from HealthSource Pharmacy, at Second Avenue and East 68th Street, according to a police official, who was not authorized to speak about the investigation. The suspect, identified by the police as Scott Kato, 45, of Mount Vernon, N.Y., was believed to have robbed...
  • Moscow to suspend American GPS sites on Russian territory from June

    05/13/2014 3:31:27 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 20 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 05-13-2014
    Russia is going to suspend the operation of all American GPS sites on its territory, starting from June 1, said Russiaís deputy PM, Dmitry Rogozin, who is in charge of space and defense industries. "Starting June 1, we will halt the work of those stations on Russian territory,Ē Rogozin said. Rogozin pointed out that American GPS ground stations are located in Russia under an agreement that dates back to 1993 and 2001. ďUnder this agreement there are 11 GPS stations on the territories of 10 [Russian federal] subjects,Ē he said.
  • Sen. Introduces Bill To Test Out Taxing Motorists For Every Mile They Drive

    05/06/2014 6:50:53 AM PDT · by rktman · 61 replies
    losangeles.cbslocal.com ^ | 5/5/2014 | unknown
    The California Legislature is looking at a voluntary program that would tax motorists for every mile they drive. KCAL9ís Bobby Kaple reports that Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, introduced a bill to test out the vehicle miles traveled (VMT) tax because the stateís gas tax was no longer bringing in the revenue it used to due to people driving more fuel efficient vehicles.
  • When Hitting ĎFind My iPhoneí Takes You to a Thiefís Doorstep

    05/05/2014 4:26:09 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 74 replies
    NY Times ^ | 5-3-14 | Ian Lovett
    WEST COVINA, Calif. ó After a boozy Saturday night, Sarah Maguire awoke the next morning to find that her iPhone was gone. Her roommateís phone was gone, too. Were they at the bar, she wondered, or in the cab? Using the Find My iPhone app on her computer, she found that someone had taken the phones to a home in this Los Angeles exurb, 30 miles east of her West Hollywood apartment. So Ms. Maguire, a slight, 26-year-old yoga instructor, did what a growing number of phone theft victims have done: She went to confront the thieves ó and, to...
  • Iran missiles sharpen aim with U.S. technology: Chinese give 'ecstatic' Tehran GPS system

    08/20/2004 2:36:56 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 30 replies · 679+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Friday, August 20, 2004
    The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps last week demonstrated the integration of a system that turns the Shihab-3 intermediate-range ballistic missile from a flying metal tube into a deadly weapon against Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United States, reports Geostrategy-Direct, the global intelligence news service. The Shihab-3's problem has not been its range, but its accuracy. With a range of 1,400 kilometers, it can reach anywhere in Iraq, Israel and Saudi Arabia. But the missile, based on the North Korean No Dong, was not accurate. The Iranians appeared to have changed all that. Tehran has procured and integrated a Chinese missile...
  • Police say accused California serial killers wore GPS trackers while committing crimes

    04/15/2014 11:35:45 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 9 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 4/15/14 | fox/ap/LAT
    The two paroled sex offenders who authorities in Southern California believe raped and killed four women allegedly wore GPS trackers while committing their crimes, and investigators believe there may be more victims. Anaheim police Chief Raul Quezada said Monday that Franc Cano, 27, and Steven Dean Gordon, 45, were wearing ankle tracking bracelets when the women were assaulted and killed last fall and earlier this year. The chief added that data from the devices "was one of the investigative tools we used to put the case together." Authorities at the news conference did not explain how Cano and Gordon allegedly...
  • Denied by US,India launched its own GPS

    04/05/2014 10:11:41 AM PDT · by MBT ARJUN · 7 replies
    SRIHARIKOTA: When Pakistani troops took positions in Kargil in 1999, one of the first things Indian military sought was GPS data for the region. The space-based navigation system maintained by the US government would have provided vital information, but the US denied it to India. A need for an indigenous satellite navigation system was felt earlier, but the Kargil experience made the nation realise its inevitability. On Friday, the Indian Space Research Organisation took the nation closer to the goal, which it would achieve in less than two years. The result, the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) will be...
  • GPS pioneer warns on networkís security

    02/13/2014 5:25:29 PM PST · by CedarDave · 10 replies
    The Financial Times ^ | February 13, 2014 | Sam Jones and Carola Hoyos
    The Global Positioning System helps power everything from in-car satnavs and smart bombs to bank security and flight control, but its founder has warned that it is more vulnerable to sabotage or disruption than ever before Ė and politicians and security chiefs are ignoring the risk. Impairment of the system by hostile foreign governments, cyber criminals Ė or even regular citizens Ė has become ďa matter of national securityĒ, according to Colonel Bradford Parkinson, who is hailed as the architect of modern navigation. ďIf we donít watch out and we arenít prepared,Ē then countries could be denied everything from Ďnavigationí...
  • Ford Exec: ĎWe Know Everyone Who Breaks The Lawí Thanks To Our GPS In Your Car

    01/09/2014 10:06:54 AM PST · by billorites · 131 replies
    Business Insider ^ | January 8, 2014 | Jim Edwards
    Ford's Global VP/Marketing and Sales, Jim Farley, said something both sinister and obvious during a panel discussion about data privacy today at CES, the big electronics trade show in Las Vegas. Because of the GPS units installed in Ford vehicles, Ford knows when its drivers are speeding, and where they are while they're doing it. Farley was trying to describe how much data Ford has on its customers, and illustrate the fact that the company uses very little of it in order to avoid raising privacy concerns: "We know everyone who breaks the law, we know when you're doing it....
  • Obama bans construction of GLONASS stations in US without Pentagonís approval

    12/31/2013 1:39:58 AM PST · by vertolet888 · 6 replies
    Voice of Russia ^ | 30 December 2013
    US President Barack Obama has signed a bill hindering the construction of GLONASS stations on the US territory. The document rules that the matter requires the Secretary of Defense and the Director of National Intelligence to report the case to Congress first. Under the Republican-proposed bill, the Pentagon and CIA chiefs are to provide assurances that GLONASS stations will not be used for spying against the US or for improving the efficiency of Russian weapons, the New York Times says. The signing was preceded by protracted debates between various US agencies and departments. The bill reflects their authorsí suspicions towards...
  • Could GPS Rockets Put an End to High-Speed Police Chases?

    12/05/2013 9:06:49 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 49 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Dec 04 2013 12:56 pm | Dan Springer / Happening Now
    Could GPS rockets help put an end to high-speed police chases? The new technology allows a police officer to fire a dart-like device from the grill of his cruiser. All the officer needs to do is get close to a fleeing suspect before firing the rocket, which then sticks to the other car with super sticky glue. When that happens, the pursuing cops can stop their chase and watch where the criminal stops via GPS. Ö
  • My new book on the history of GPS has been published

    11/24/2013 6:57:53 AM PST · by Richard from IL · 11 replies
    My new book, GPS Declassified: From Smart Bombs to Smartphones, has just been published. It has gotten good reviews: ďAs an introduction to GPS, its history, uses, issues and concerns GPS Declassified canít be beat.Ē http://www.nyjournalofbooks.com/review/gps-declassified-smartbombs-smartphones ďGPS Declassified is a carefully researched, well written, fast-paced, and thoroughly enjoyable book. It offers an excellent mix of science, technology, history and culture. Kudos to co-authors Richard Easton and Eric Frazier for their outstanding contribution to space history. This book is highly recommended.Ē http://www.thespacereview.com/article/2393/1 You can listen to the audio of our Space Show interview and review primary source materials at our website...
  • State Department: The Greatest Enemy to the United States

    11/19/2013 9:05:21 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 12 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 11/19/13 | Jim Emerson
    –ď–õ–ě–Ě–ź–°–° (GLONASS) Russian GLONASS (Global Navigation Satellite System), is a space-based Global Positioning System (GPS) operated by the Russian Aerospace Defense Forces. It is the Russian version of America¬ís military GPS and is currently the only alternative navigational system in operation capable of global coverage. GLONASS first become operational in 1982 and achieved global coverage in 2011. During the first reign of Vladimir Putin, GLONASS became the first priority of the Russian Federal Space Agency, consuming nearly one third of the Agency budget. It was, after all, imperative to duplicate the accuracy of America¬ís GPS system. State Department In 2013,...
  • A Russian GPS Using U.S. Soil Stirs Spy Fears

    11/16/2013 5:39:47 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 45 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 16, 2013 | MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT and ERIC SCHMITT
    WASHINGTON ó In the view of Americaís spy services, the next potential national security threat from Russia may not come from a nefarious cyberweapon or intelligence gleaned from the files of Edward J. Snowden, the former security contractor now in Moscow.
  • Court: Warrant needed for GPS tracking

    10/22/2013 1:24:38 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 22, 2013 | Brendan Sasso
    A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that police need a warrant based on probable cause to attach a GPS device to a suspect's car. The Supreme Court ruled last year that attaching a GPS device to a car qualifies as a "search" under the Fourth Amendment, but the justices stopped short of declaring that police need a warrant. The Third Circuit Court of Appeals held Tuesday in a two-to-one decision that attaching a GPS device to a car without a warrant is an "unreasonable search," and therefore unconstitutional. The decision involved a man, Harry Katzin, who was under suspicion of...
  • Foreign airlines urged to use GPS at San Francisco

    07/31/2013 11:02:00 AM PDT · by B4Ranch · 39 replies
    <p>SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Federal aviation officials have advised all foreign airlines to use a GPS system instead of visual reckoning and cockpit instruments when landing at San Francisco International Airport in the wake of the deadly Asiana Airlines crash.</p>
  • GPS Leads Woman Onto Railroad Tracks, Minivan Destroyed

    06/20/2013 12:16:58 PM PDT · by matt04 · 45 replies
    BELMONT, Mass. ó A woman and her two children, ages 7 and 10, narrowly escaped serious injury when a train smashed into their minivan after a GPS device led the driver onto MBTA train tracks Tuesday night. The woman was driving southbound on Brighton Street shortly before 9 p.m. when the GPS device directed her to make a right turn which placed her vehicle directly onto railroad tracks. Apparently the woman was unable to drive off the tracks, forcing her to flee the vehicle with her children. Shortly thereafter, an MBTA Fitchburg bound commuter rail train carrying 70 passengers slammed...
  • Rogue EPA Staff Spies On U.S. Farmers, Releases Data

    06/12/2013 7:02:06 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 11 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | June 12, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Privacy: As long as we're talking about leaks that should be prosecuted, let's consider the leaking by the Environmental Protection Agency of the personal data about farmers to their environmentalist opponents. We saw such leaking of data compiled on one group to its political opponents in the IRS scandal. In that case, the IRS leaked the 2008 confidential financial documents of the National Organization for Marriage to the rival Human Rights Campaign. At that time, Joe Solmonese, a left-wing activist and Huffington Post contributor, was the president of the HRC. Solmonese also was a 2012 Obama campaign co-chairman. Now a...
  • Tech companies urge U.S. to ease secrecy rules on national security probes (PRISM: A Love Story)

    06/11/2013 11:14:34 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6-12-2013 | Craig Timberg and Cecilia Kang
    <p>Technology companies stung by the controversy over the National Security Agencyís sweeping Internet surveillance program are calling on U.S. officials to ease the secrecy surrounding national security investigations and lift long-standing gag orders covering the nature and extent of information collected about Internet users.</p>
  • Guest MINDSETTERô Steven Artigas: Time to Disable the Cellphones

    04/17/2013 10:40:36 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    GoLocalProv.com ^ | April 16, 2013 | Steven Artigas
    I was almost sideswiped by another driver on Interstate 95 today. He missed me by a couple of inches and I looked over with alarm as he passed to see him looking down into his lap and not out the windshield. No proof, naturally, but it's a safe bet he was texting on his cell phone. If fact, I had been watching him in my mirror as he approached from behind in the passing lane, and his directional control was marginal, to say the least. Who among us has not been witness to an inattentive driver using a cell, whether...
  • Big Brother Is Watching You

    05/25/2011 8:43:55 PM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 20 replies
    Reason Magazine ^ | 05/25/2011 | A. Barton Hinkle
    In 1991, George Holliday filmed the LAPDís arrest and beating of Rodney King. The videotape provoked national controversy. If a similar incident happened today, it might provoke something else: the arrest of George Holliday. Cell phones and cameras with video-recording capability have become ubiquitous. This has led to an increase in the filming of police officers, which has led to a backlash: Cops have begun arresting those who film them, on charges such as interfering with an investigationóeven when the filmer is not interfering and the officer is not investigating. In one now-famous example, motorcyclist Anthony Graberís helmet cam was...
  • (FBI)Tracking Device Teardown

    05/09/2011 4:24:38 PM PDT · by Smogger · 24 replies
    iFixit ^ | 5/9/2011 | iFixit staff
    We partnered with Wired to bring you a peek inside an FBI car-tracking device. The device is similar to the one Yasir Afifi found underneath his car. If you're curious where this one came from, Wired has posted a writeup about Karen Thomas, the woman who found this tracker under her car. They've also posted a video of Kyle doing the teardown. The device comprises of a GPS unit for receiving the car's position, an RF transmitter for relaying your location to the interested authority (aka the FBI), and a set of sweet D-cell batteries that power the whole enchilada....
  • Feds push for tracking cell phones

    02/11/2010 8:58:30 AM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 91 replies · 2,580+ views
    CNET News ^ | February 1, 2010 | Declan McCullagh
    Two years ago, when the FBI was stymied by a band of armed robbers known as the "Scarecrow Bandits" that had robbed more than 20 Texas banks, it came up with a novel method of locating the thieves. FBI agents obtained logs from mobile phone companies corresponding to what their cellular towers had recorded at the time of a dozen different bank robberies in the Dallas area. The voluminous records showed that two phones had made calls around the time of all 12 heists, and that those phones belonged to men named Tony Hewitt and Corey Duffey. A jury eventually...
  • Bill allowing warrantless searches advances [SC]

    04/15/2010 5:21:41 AM PDT · by aomagrat · 73 replies · 1,231+ views
    WIS TV ^ | 14 April 2010
    South Carolina legislators moved closer to overriding the governor's veto of a bill allowing officers to search people on probation or parole without a warrant. The Senate on Wednesday voted 36-7 to override Gov. Mark Sanford's veto. It now goes to the House. The measure allows officers to bypass going to a judge for a warrant before searching a probationer or parolee on the street. Their vehicles and any possession could also be searched. Inmates would have to sign off on the searches before they're released. If they don't agree, they could stay in prison for their full term. Sanford...
  • How to Stop the Government From Tracking Your Location (Illegally!)

    08/29/2010 3:28:46 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 56 replies · 2+ views
    Gizmodo ^ | 26 August, 2010 | Jason Chen
    The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals just decided that it was legal for the police to put a GPS tracking device on your car, sitting in your driveway, on your property. Here's how to protect yourself.Matt's post about the decision explains in depth about the ruling. To quickly summarize, the supreme court had said before that police can look through things that anyone in the public could come across, meaning, your driveway is freely accessible to the public, hence, the cops can look through it. The 9th circuit court now says that cops can shove a GPS locator onto your car, because the area is publicly...
  • Supreme Court Hears Whether GPS Counts as 'Big Brother'

    11/09/2011 5:56:07 AM PST · by Ratman83 · 64 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/08/11 | Shannon Bream
    WASHINGTON Ė Citizens traveling public highways should have no expectation of privacy just because police are tracking their movements through GPS rather than in person, the U.S. government argued Tuesday in a case before the Supreme Court that pits the interest of law enforcement against individual privacy rights. The dispute springs from a situation in which police affixed a GPS tracking device to a suspect's car without a proper warrant. It monitored the suspect's movements for several weeks, noting where his vehicle went and how long it stayed at each location. While much of the data was ultimately excluded as...
  • Ohio Appeals Court Strikes Down GPS Vehicle Spying

    10/02/2011 4:40:14 PM PDT · by Ken H · 22 replies
    the Newspaper.com ^ | 09/30/2011 | n/a
    Fifth District Ohio Appeals Court ruling meant to influence higher courts against allowing warrantless GPS vehicle tracking. Although the US Supreme Court is expected to settle the issue of GPS tracking of motorists soon, a three-judge panel of the Ohio Court of Appeals, Fifth District ruled 2-1 earlier this month against the warrantless use of the technology. The majority's decision was likely designed to influence the deliberations of the higher courts. On November 8, the US Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the GPS case US v. Jones. The Ohio Supreme Court is also considering Ohio v. Johnson in...
  • Obama administration believes no warrant is needed for authorities to use GPS tracking on vehicles

    03/19/2013 8:37:50 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 21 replies
    You might think that police or other federal authorities would need to obtain a court order to be able to place a GPS tracking device on your vehicle. That court order is apparently not needed according to the Obama administration. This is despite the fact that the Supreme Court ruled last year that attaching GPS devices to the vehicles of citizens amounted to search protected by the Constitution.
  • Our Worst Nightmares About the Government Tracking Us Just Came True

    08/29/2010 3:23:07 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 18 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 26 August, 2010 | Gizmodo
    It's okay for the government to plant a GPS tracker on the car parked in your driveway, tracking everywhere you go. It doesn't violate your rights, at allóaccording to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which covers California, Arizona, Oregon and a bunch of the western US, has ruled that the government did nothing wrong when the DEA planted a GPS tracking device on Juan Pineda-Moreno's Jeep, which was parked in his drivewayówithout a search warrant. The underpinning for the ruling is that there is no reasonable expectation of privacy in...
  • Gov't Has Legal Right To Track You Via GPS

    08/26/2010 7:06:00 PM PDT · by markomalley · 29 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | 8/26/2010 | Patrick Archibold
    "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. " ---Fourth Amendment to the Constitution "Fourth Amendment? Never heard of it."--The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals The Circus has ruled that the gov't has a right to track you anywhere you go with GPS (planted by them) without a warrant. I am not making this...
  • Court OKs warrantless use of hidden surveillance cameras

    11/01/2012 5:53:48 AM PDT · by Ratman83 · 64 replies
    CNET ^ | |October 30, 2012 | Declan McCullagh
    Police are allowed in some circumstances to install hidden surveillance cameras on private property without obtaining a search warrant, a federal judge said yesterday. CNET has learned that U.S. District Judge William Griesbach ruled that it was reasonable for Drug Enforcement Administration agents to enter rural property without permission -- and without a warrant -- to install multiple "covert digital surveillance cameras" in hopes of uncovering evidence that 30 to 40 marijuana plants were being grown. This is the latest case to highlight how advances in technology are causing the legal system to rethink how Americans' privacy rights are protected...
  • NYPD tracking cell phone owners, but foes aren't sure practice is legal[Database]

    10/09/2009 8:32:55 AM PDT · by BGHater · 7 replies · 369+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | 08 Oct 2009 | Rocco Parascandola
    The NYPD is amassing a database of cell phone users, instructing cops to log serial numbers from suspects' phones in hopes of connecting them to past or future crimes. In the era of disposable, anonymous cell phones, the file could be a treasure-trove for detectives investigating drug rings and other criminal enterprises, police sources say. "It's used to help build cases," one source said of the new initiative. "It doesn't replace the human element, like debriefing prisoners, but it's another tool to use that we didn't have in the past." A recent internal memo says that when cops make an...
  • 'Stingray' Phone Tracker Fuels Constitutional Clash

    09/22/2011 8:21:28 AM PDT · by Palter · 44 replies
    WSJ ^ | 22 Sept 2011 | JENNIFER VALENTINO-DEVRIES
    For more than a year, federal authorities pursued a man they called simply "the Hacker." Only after using a little known cellphone-tracking deviceóa stingrayówere they able to zero in on a California home and make the arrest. Stingrays are designed to locate a mobile phone even when it's not being used to make a call. The Federal Bureau of Investigation considers the devices to be so critical that it has a policy of deleting the data gathered in their use, mainly to keep suspects in the dark about their capabilities, an FBI official told The Wall Street Journal in response...
  • Justice Dept. Wants to Track All Cellphones Without a Warrant

    05/11/2012 5:19:24 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 22 replies
    New American ^ | 5-11-12 | Bob Adelmann
    In its relentless never-ending quest for more power to track and follow American citizens through their cellphones, the Department of Justice (DoJ) requested last week that Congress give them easier access to location data stored by cellphone service providers. Jason Weinstein, a deputy assistant attorney general in the Department of Justiceís criminal division, argued that requiring a search warrant to gain such access would ďcrippleĒ his departmentís efforts to investigate crime and criminals. Said Weinstein, There is really no fairness and no justice when the law applies differently to different people depending on which courthouse youíre sitting in. For that...
  • ACLU: Warrantless electronic surveillance surges under Obama

    10/01/2012 2:31:41 PM PDT · by Theoria · 14 replies
    Digitial Journal ^ | 29 Sept 2012 | John Thomas Didymus
    The ACLU has released documents that show that in the last two years the US Department of Justice has conducted more warrantless electronic surveillance, involving spying on telephones, email and Facebook accounts, than in the preceding decade. The American Civil Liberties and Union (ACLU) reports that the documents handed over after months of litigation include the attorney generalís 2010 and 2011 reports covering use of ďpen registerĒ and ďtrap and traceĒ surveillance powers. The documents, according to the ACLU, shows a sharp increase in the use of surveillance tools such as telephone, email, and other Internet communications. The ACLU observed...
  • DOJ Emails Show Feds Were Less Than "Explicit" With Judges On Cell Phone Tracking Tool

    03/29/2013 10:31:12 AM PDT · by Theoria · 4 replies
    ACLU ^ | 27 Mar 2013 | Linda Lye
    A Justice Department document obtained by the ACLU of Northern California shows that federal investigators were routinely using a sophisticated cell phone tracking tool known as a "stingray," but hiding that fact from federal magistrate judges when asking for permission to do so. Stingrays and similar devices essentially impersonate cell phone towers, allowing them to pinpoint the precise location of targeted cell phones (even inside people's homes) and intercept conversations. They also sweep up the data of innocent people who happen to be nearby. By withholding information about this technology from courts in applications for electronic surveillance orders, the federal...
  • Your Cellphone Is Spying on You - How the surveillance state co-opted personal technology

    12/20/2012 11:49:23 PM PST · by neverdem · 32 replies
    Reason ^ | Dec. 17, 2012 | Ronald Bailey
    Big Brother has been outsourced. The police can find out where you are, where youíve been, even where youíre going. All thanks to that handy little human tracking device in your pocket: your cellphone.† There are 331 million cellphone subscriptionsóabout 20 million more than there are residentsóin the United States. Nearly 90 percent of adult Americans carry at least one phone. The phones communicate via a nationwide network of nearly 300,000 cell towers and 600,000 micro sites, which perform the same function as towers. When they are turned on, they ping these nodes once every seven seconds or so, registering...
  • Free to Search and Seize (NY Times OP ED)

    06/24/2011 10:04:33 AM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 52 replies
    NY Times ^ | 06/22/2011 | DAVID K. SHIPLER
    THIS spring was a rough season for the Fourth Amendment. The Obama administration petitioned the Supreme Court to allow GPS tracking of vehicles without judicial permission. The Supreme Court ruled that the police could break into a house without a search warrant if, after knocking and announcing themselves, they heard what sounded like evidence being destroyed. Then it refused to see a Fourth Amendment violation where a citizen was jailed for 16 days on the false pretext that he was being held as a material witness to a crime. In addition, Congress renewed Patriot Act provisions on enhanced surveillance powers...
  • ShotSpotter expanded into North End of Springfield (gunshot 'GPS')

    03/15/2013 2:26:00 AM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    WWLP ^ | 3/14/13 | Shannon Halligan
    Now if a gun is fired, police will be able to know where that gun went off within 25 meters and property managers around here say it has already started to bring some extra security. The ShotSpotter System has been in Springfield for four years but this is an expansion that is already getting results. ďThe concerns are going to be there but not as much, if you see the data on crime now in the North End it has declined,Ē said Maria Perez from the North End of Springfield. By getting to the locations faster, police say they have...
  • Secrets of Darpa's Innovation Machine

    02/17/2013 11:27:08 AM PST · by oxcart · 12 replies
    Forbes ^ | 2/15/2013 | Ted Greenwald
    Lots of people like to think of government as a black hole that sucks in tax dollars and allows nothing of value to emerge. They havenít taken a look at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. This secretive research arm of the Defense Department has a unique mission: to embrace the most wide-eyed visions of the future and manifest them in the here and now. Founded in 1958 as a shocked and fearful response to RussiaĎs launch of Sputnik, the first artificial satellite, Darpa has over 45 years racked up a consistent record of innovation that has utterly transformed contemporary...
  • Justice Department Refuses to Release GPS Tracking Memos

    01/17/2013 8:43:41 PM PST · by Theoria · 2 replies
    ACLU ^ | 16 Jan 2013 | Catherine Crump
    Two key memos outlining the Justice Departmentís views about when Americans can be surreptitiously tracked with GPS technology are being kept secret by the department despite a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the ACLU to force their release. The FBIís general counsel discussed the existence of the two memos publicly last year, yet the Justice Department is refusing to release them without huge redactions. (You can see the heavily censored versions sent to the ACLU here and here, and our original FOIA request here.) The Justice Departmentís unfortunate decision leaves Americans with no clear understanding of when we...
  • Woman drives 900 miles out of her way after GPS error

    01/16/2013 8:16:31 AM PST · by posterchild · 51 replies
    news.yahoo.com ^ | Tues Jan 15, 2013 | Mike Krumboltz
    Put too much faith in technology and you may wind up in Croatia. A 67-year-old woman from Belgium learned that the hard way after she followed (faulty) directions from her GPS device. The woman only wanted to go about 90 miles from her hometown of Hainault Erquelinnes, Belgium, to pick up a friend at the Brussels train station. Her GPS device sent her about 900 miles to the south before (during the second day of driving) she realized that something was amiss. It's unclear if she entered the address incorrectly or if the GPS was faulty. Discovery explains that the...