Thursday, June 12, 2014

US pushing local cops to stay mum on surveillance


US pushing local police departments to keep quiet on cell-phone surveillance technology

US pushing local cops to stay mum on surveillance

This photo taken June 11, 2014 shows the Berkshire Manor Apartments in Tallahassee, Fla., one location where the “Stingray” surveillance device was used extensively by the Tallahassee Police Department. The Obama administration has been quietly advising local police not to disclose details about surveillance technology they are using to sweep up basic cellphone data from entire neighborhoods, The Associated Press has learned. (AP Photo/Phil Sears)


The Obama administration has been quietly advising local police not to disclose details about surveillance technology they are using to sweep up basic cellphone data from entire neighborhoods, The Associated Press has learned.

Citing security reasons, the U.S. has intervened in routine state public records cases and criminal trials regarding use of the technology. This has resulted in police departments withholding materials or heavily censoring documents in rare instances when they disclose any about the purchase and use of such powerful surveillance equipment.

Federal involvement in local open records proceedings is unusual. It comes at a time when President Barack Obama has said he welcomes a debate on government surveillance and called for more transparency about spying in the wake of disclosures about classified federal surveillance programs.

Read more http://patriotrising.com/2014/06/12/us-pushing-local-cops-stay-mum-surveillance/ 

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