Military-Grade Spy Gear For Local Police Departments

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  1. Falcon

    Falcon Lieutenant Colonel Staff Member Social Media Team

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    Military-Grade Spy Gear Is Flooding into Local Police Departments

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    A little after midnight on November 28
    , 2014, hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters filled the streets of downtown Chicago. The demonstration was one of many that erupted in cities nationwide soon after a Missouri grand jury failed to indict a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer for the shooting death of Michael Brown that August. As the protesters marched, a police vehicle crept behind them. The black SUV emblazoned with “City of Chicago Emergency Management” appeared to have two 360-degree cameras sprouting from its roof and a command center in the back.

    Whenever the vehicle drove by, protesters reported that their phones stopped working.

    A week later, audio of a police radio dispatch from the protest was released online. In the recording, an officer alerts a department intelligence analyst about of one of the protest organizers. “One of the girls here… she’s been on her phone a lot,” the officer says. “You guys picking up any information? Where they’re going, possibly?”The analyst responds, “Yeah, we’re keeping an eye on it. We’ll let you know if we hear anything.”The leaked conversation and the cellphone disruptions led many activists to conclude that the police were eavesdropping on them. This story circulated widely in protest circles, but the Chicago Police Department never confirmed any such surveillance operations that night. Legally, listening in on private communications between citizens talking over mobile phones would require a Title III search warrant. But one thing is indisputable: The technology to snoop on nearby phones exists—and the Chicago Police Department has had it for over ten years.

    And such spy gear is not limited to Chicago. Hundreds of documents obtained by CityLab from the country’s top fifty largest police departments over the last ten months reveal that similar cellphone surveillance devices have been quietly acquired by local authorities nationwide.

    The majority of these departments have at least one of two main types of digital-age spy tools: cellphone interception devices, used to covertly track or grab data from nearby mobile devices, and cellphone extraction devices, used to crack open locked phones that are in police possession and scoop out all sorts of private communications and content.

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    Many countries already had secret police, America faces certain threats for the first time in its history, that is foreign intervention via media, protests etc, The state had to react and boost surveillance, NSA is good but does not work good for US state system.
     
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    I always new that the Police could track you with you down by your cell phone and listen to your calls but its news to me that they do it as widespread as described in the article and without a warrant. I guess they are following suit with the NSA...........

    It is hard to say is these kinds of techniques are worth it, on one side this is un american, on the other side it can help with public safety but can also lead to a full on police state in the future. Look at what Trump said about the constitution:

    WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Hinting darkly that “there’s something going on,” Donald J. Trump complained on Friday that he has been treated “very unfairly” by the people who wrote the United States Constitution.

    “If the Constitution prevented me from doing one or two things, I’d chalk that up to bad luck,” he said. “But when literally everything I want to do is magically a violation of the Constitution, that’s very unfair and bad treatment.”

    Lashing out at the document’s authors, Trump said that “America is a great country, but we have maybe the worst constitution writers in the world.”

    “Russia has much better constitution writers than we do,” he said. “I talked to Putin, and he said their constitution never gives him problems.”

    http://www.newyorker.com/humor/boro...ery-unfairly-by-people-who-wrote-constitution
     
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