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  • 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...
  • New pay-per-mile scheme would boost taxes 250 percent

    01/14/2013 2:32:31 PM PST · by lowbridge · 82 replies
    http://washingtonexaminer.com ^ | january 14, 2013 | paul bedard
    An on-again, off-again move by the Obama administration to scrap the federal gas tax in favor of a pay-per-mile fee would boost the tab to Americans as high as 250 percent, raising their current tax of 18.4 cents a gallon to as high as 46 cents, according to a new government study. But without a tax increase, said the Government Accountability Office study, the government's highway fund is going to go dry. One reason the fund is going broke: President Obama's push for fuel efficient cars has resulted in better mileage, and fewer stops at the pump. The GAO study...
  • Cops: Driver claims GPS told her to drive onto Brookline trolley tracks

    08/14/2012 4:04:48 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 27 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | August 14, 2012 | Laurel J. Sweet
    Transit and Brookline police officers rescued a South Attleboro woman and her car from the Green Line tracks early yesterday morning after she claimed she was led there by her GPS, which she said instructed her to take a left turn onto the inbound trolley tracks, according to cops
  • What You May Not Know About License Plate And Cell Phone Tracking

    07/30/2012 2:26:55 PM PDT · by ExxonPatrolUs · 9 replies
    ACLU ^ | 7-30-2012 | Kade Crockford, ACLU of Massachusetts
    Today the ACLU is launching a nationwide effort to find out more about automatic license plate readers (ALPR). By snapping photographs of each license plate they encounteróup to three thousand per minuteóand retaining records of who was where when, license plate readers are fundamentally threatening our freedom on the open road. You may have seen the recent New York Times op-ed that admonished us to start referring to our mobile devices as ďtrackersĒ instead of ďphones.Ē Perhaps as ALPR technology spreads we should start saying ďtrackerĒ in place of ďcar,Ē too. We need statutory protections to limit the collection, retention,...
  • Bay Area Drivers Could Be Tracked By GPS, Taxed Per Mile Driven

    07/19/2012 6:49:49 PM PDT · by rawhide · 24 replies
    OAKLAND (KCBS) Ė Bay Area drivers could one day be tracked using a GPS-like device in their cars and taxed per miles driven Ė a scenario which is part of a proposed long-range study aimed at finding ways to reduce traffic and pollution, while also raising revenues. Members of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Association of Bay Area Governments are scheduled to vote on Thursday on whether or not to authorize a study of the proposal. Under the plan, drivers would have to install trackers in their vehicle and officials would tax drivers for every mile they travel. ďWeíre...
  • Breaking: LightSquared founder, Obama ally Falcone sued by SEC for fraud

    06/27/2012 7:12:54 PM PDT · by opentalk · 14 replies
    US regulators sued hedge fund billionaire Philip Falcone for fraud Wednesday, accusing him of taking $113 million from a fund to pay his taxes. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said Falcone, who raked in billions betting against packaged mortgage securities ahead of the US real-estate crash, took clients' money from funds run by his Harbinger Capital Partners to pay his personal taxes.It also said Falcone illegally manipulated bond prices, traded preferential treatment to investors who backed a controversial board initiative, and broke restricted period trading rules in three initial public offerings to make money on short sales.