Friday, November 14, 2014

Veteran's Day

On Veteran's Day I could not decide which veteran I could honor - the ones in world wars, old historical wars -the Spanish American War never gets suffioient recognition, Vietnam, Gulf, the wars on terror, the war on drugs or the war on poverty. I leaned to the war on poverty but the war on drugs and terror are good as those cast a wide net to include anyone who was in the water, air, ground or anywhere at the time the government decided to cast said net.

In Talk Left there was a great post regarding the ways the goverment has expanded said net and if you think you are somehow distant from it, please please please think and I actually mean think - again.

From Stingrays to Dirt Boxes: Evolving Surveillance Techniques
By Jeralyn, Section Civil Liberties
Posted on Fri Nov 14, 2014 at 08:50:00 AM

Some highlights....

Move over, stingrays. The Wall St Journal reports similar devices called "dirtboxes" are being used by agents on airplanes, allowing them to capture the data on thousands of cell phones during the course of a single flight.

The program cuts out phone companies as an intermediary in searching for suspects. Rather than asking a company for cell-tower information to help locate a suspect, which law enforcement has criticized as slow and inaccurate, the government can now get that information itself. People familiar with the program say they do get court orders to search for phones, but it isn’t clear if those orders describe the methods used because the orders are sealed.

But the good news it is a boon to our local business - Boeing

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is collecting data from thousands of cellphones through high-tech gear deployed on airplanes that mimics communications towers, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

The newspaper said the hunt for information about criminal suspects is also collecting data from many innocent Americans.

Citing sources familiar with the operations, the newspaper said the U.S. Marshal's Service program, which became fully operational in 2007, operates Cessna aircraft from at least five metropolitan-area airports to collect the data. The airports were not identified in the Journal story.

The planes are equipped with devices from Boeing subsidiary Digital Receiver Technology Inc. that mimic cell towers of large telecommunications firms and trick cellphones into reporting unique registration information. The 2-foot-square devices allow investigators to collect data from thousands of cellphones in a single flight, the Journal reported. The devices collect their identifying information and general location.

There are never ending ways the Government seems to employ in their quest to find terrorists or anyone deemed a danger to society. We have the FBI playing reporter to ensare a high school kid, FBI and others dressing as Comcast or cable company employees to install observation equipment in the home and those are just the ones we know of.

Third world country or America? You decide you voted for those who enabled this.

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