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Thursday, April 09, 2015

Baltimore police often surveil cellphones amid US secrecy

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Police Department has an agreement with the U.S. government to withhold certain information about secretive cellphone surveillance technology from the public and even the courts, according to a confidential agreement obtained by The Associated Press. On Wednesday, the department disclosed it has used the technology thousands of times since 2007.

The agreement between the police department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation also encourages the authorities and local prosecutors to sometimes dismiss cases instead of divulging details about the equipment. That arrangement, which was agreed to several years ago, has led police to believe that they can withhold evidence in criminal trials or ignore subpoenas in cases in which the devices are used.

The technology, using devices called Hailstorm or Stingray, can sweep up basic cellphone data from a neighborhood by tricking phones in the area that it’s a cell tower and identifying unique subscriber numbers. That data is then transmitted to the police, allowing them to locate a phone without the user even making a call or sending a text message.



lmclain said...

NO!! The police think they can ignore subpoenas, withhold evidence, execute searches without a warrant, and generally thumb their noses at the courts, the law, and the Constitution?
Where in the world would anyone get that idea?
Oh yeah. The facts and evidence. Those damn facts and evidence.
A law unto themselves.... and they couldn't care less about what anyone thinks about it....
Keep cheering.

Anonymous said...

I thought the government works for us.

Anonymous said...

Figures the marxist communist libtarded nazi ideals of MD are in lock step with the anti constitutional practices of the FED..the jackbooted useful idiots..(i.e MD law enforcement) continue to ignore the constitution and violate a sworn oath to to uphold our valued document. Keep cheering!!!

Anonymous said...

Lol haters

lmclain said...

Lol!!! We just hate intrusive and overreaching constant surveillance.
Polish those boots, 9:56 --- there's a torch ceremony tonight. Afterwards you can burn some Jewish business down.
You probably already have the SS lightning bolt and swastika.
Finally, if you can make the "Top Ten" of facists, you can go to the assembly to swear your undying allegiance to the State.
It's going to be crowded, so come early.