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#51 Rogerdodger

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Posted 10 April 2015 - 08:19 AM

America's new Police State is alive and well and no one cares that there is no oversight.
"Our entire judicial system and constitution is set up to avoid a 'just trust us' system where the use of invasive surveillance gear is secret."

REPORT: City police extensively used secret cellphone tracking system...

Obeyed FBI orders to hide surveillance from public, courts...


The Baltimore Police Department has used an invasive and controversial cellphone tracking device thousands of times in recent years while following instructions from the FBI to withhold information about it from prosecutors and judges, a detective revealed in court testimony Wednesday.
The testimony shows for the first time how frequently city police are using a cell site simulator, more commonly known as a "stingray," a technology that authorities have gone to great lengths to avoid disclosing.
In one case last fall, a city detective said a nondisclosure agreement with federal authorities prevented him from answering questions about the device. The judge threatened to hold him in contempt if he didn't provide information, and prosecutors withdrew the evidence.

The nondisclosure agreement, presented for the first time in court Wednesday, explicitly instructs prosecutors to drop cases if pressed on the technology, and tells them to contact the FBI if legislators or judges are asking questions.

Edited by Rogerdodger, 10 April 2015 - 08:24 AM.


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Posted 22 April 2015 - 11:43 AM

But then again, maybe 64% like being owned.

POLL: 64% percent don't like Snowden...


VIDEO: Federal agent smashes woman's cellphone...

Was recording police activity...

Edited by Rogerdodger, 22 April 2015 - 11:44 AM.


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Posted 07 May 2015 - 09:45 AM

OOPS! It looks like somebody else needs their server wiped clean and destroyed.

With all the domestic spying they still couldn't see ISIS growing right here is the US.

Appeals court rules NSA's collection of phone records not authorized by 'Patriot Act'...

A federal court has decided that the National Security Agency’s (NSA) bulk, warrantless collection of millions of Americans’ phone records is illegal.

The sweeping decision from the Second Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday represents a major court victory for opponents of the NSA, and comes just as Congress begins a fight over whether to renew the underlying law used to justify the program.

That program “exceeds the scope of what Congress has authorized,” Judge Gerard Lynch wrote on behalf of the three-judge panel.

The law “cannot be interpreted in a way that defies any meaningful limit,” he added.

Edited by Rogerdodger, 07 May 2015 - 09:57 AM.


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Posted 22 May 2015 - 09:09 AM

It's always about more power and control under a false premise (security).

FBI admits it hasn't cracked single terror case with Patriot Act snooping power...

Edited by Rogerdodger, 22 May 2015 - 09:09 AM.


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Posted 23 May 2015 - 09:11 PM

Thanks for the filibuster! We should never give up our rights for a false sense of security.
NSA WINDS DOWN PHONE SPYING

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Security Agency has begun winding down its collection and storage of American phone records after the Senate failed to agree on a path forward to change or extend the once-secret program ahead of its expiration at the end of the month.
Barring an 11th hour compromise when the Senate returns to session May 31, a much-debated provision of the Patriot Act — and some other lesser known surveillance tools — will sunset at midnight that day.

The phone records program has never been credited with thwarting a terrorist plot.

An appeals court has ruled that the phone collection does not comply with the law, but stayed the ruling while Congress debated.
When former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed the program in 2013, many Americans were outraged that NSA had their calling records.

Edited by Rogerdodger, 23 May 2015 - 09:17 PM.


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Posted 23 October 2015 - 08:36 AM

NSA-Proof Wallpaper...
Keeps electronic emissions in and electromagnetic pulses out...


Your next tinfoil hat will won’t be made of tinfoil. A small company called Conductive Composites out of Utah has developed a flexible material — thin and tough enough for wallpaper or woven fabric — that can keep electronic emissions in and electromagnetic pulses out.
A new nickel-carbon material could help the Pentagon fight off some of its most haunting threats.

In 2013, as the College of Cardinals convened to elect a new Pope, the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel was converted into a Faraday cage so that news of the election couldn’t leak out, no matter how hard the paparazzi tried, and how eager the cardinals were to tweet the proceedings. The military also uses Faraday cages for secure communications: Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities or SCIFs are Faraday cages.

In May, the Air Force confirmed that it was working on an electromagnetic pulse weapon of its own. A Faraday cage can serve as protection against exactly that sort of attack.

Edited by Rogerdodger, 23 October 2015 - 08:42 AM.


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Posted 26 November 2015 - 01:57 AM

GREENWALD: WHY CIA ATTACKS SNOWDEN AFTER PARIS...

Tech industry defends encryption...


In one sense, this blame-shifting tactic is understandable. After all, the CIA, the NSA and similar agencies receive billions of dollars annually from Congress and have been vested by their Senate overseers with virtually unlimited spying power. They have one paramount mission: find and stop people who are plotting terrorist attacks. When they fail, of course they are desperate to blame others.
The CIA's blame-shifting game, aside from being self-serving, was deceitful in the extreme.
To begin with, there still is no evidence that the perpetrators in Paris used the Internet to plot their attacks, let alone used encryption technology.
CIA officials simply made that up. It is at least equally likely that the attackers formulated their plans in face-to-face meetings. The central premise of the CIA's campaign — encryption enabled the attackers to evade our detection — is baseless.

Edited by Rogerdodger, 26 November 2015 - 01:58 AM.


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Posted 27 November 2015 - 11:34 AM

Who will watch the watchers?
Watchdogs NOT ALLOWED in government agencies.
As the NSA et al, scream and cry that they need more access to our personal lives, they scream and cry that their actions be kept private.
In fact, they will be the judge and jury of their own clandestine activity.

How many have even "plead the 5th" in order to deceive the American public?
So much for the "freedom of information act".

SHHH: Tighter Lid on Records Weakens Govt Watchdogs...
The impasse has hampered investigations into an array of programs and abuse reports — from allegations of sexual assaults in the Peace Corps to the F.B.I.’s terrorism powers, officials said. And it has threatened to roll back more than three decades of policy giving the watchdogs unfettered access to “all records” in their investigations.
“The bottom line is that we’re no longer independent,” Michael E. Horowitz, the Justice Department inspector general, said in an interview.

The inspector-general system was created in 1978 in the wake of Watergate as an independent check on government abuse, and it has grown to include watchdogs at 72 federal agencies. Their investigations have produced thousands of often searing public reports on everything from secret terrorism programs and disaster responses to boondoggles like a lavish government conference in Las Vegas in 2010 that featured a clown and a mind reader.

Congress mandated a review after a volunteer in Benin was murdered in 2009; several dozen volunteers reported that the Peace Corps ignored or mishandled sexual abuse claims.
But Peace Corps lawyers initially refused to turn over abuse reports, citing privacy restrictions. Even after reaching an agreement opening up some material, Ms. Buller said investigators have been able to get records that are heavily redacted.
“It’s been incredibly frustrating,” she said. “We have spent so much time and energy arguing with the agency over this issue.”

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Edited by Rogerdodger, 27 November 2015 - 11:43 AM.