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Feds Told Cops To Hide Use of Cell Phone Tracking Device

347px-American_teenager_with_cellphone_2011Law enforcement circumventing the judicial system? You don’t say…

On Thursday evening, the ACLU published a 2009 e-mail exchange between police departments in Sarasota, Florida, and North Port, Florida, indicating that local law enforcement had concealed the use of cell phone-tracking Stingray devices in court documents. Stingray is a trademark, but it has come to generally mean devices that can be used to track phones or even intercept calls and text messages.

Although the Sarasota Police Department and the North Point Police Department did not own Stingray devices, the two departments had borrowed the cell phone trackers from the US Marshals Service (USMS), which requested that they hide the use of the Stingrays from judges and defendants. The issue was discussed in the e-mails when the Sarasota Police Department realized that a North Point detective had been too explicit in a probable cause affidavit (PCA), specifically detailing “the investigative means used to locate the suspect.” The Sarasota Police asked that the North Point Police seal the old affidavit and submit a new, more vague one.

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Seven Things All Americans Should Disapprove Of

A certain pro-gun rights guest on a certain British former tabloid editor’s CNN evening talk show has made it seem like all people who oppose our ever-growing federal government are a bit, well, unhinged.

Nothing could be further from the truth, and to prove that point, here are 7 scary things that all Americans should be asking our government to put the brakes on immediately.

One of the most annoying things out there at the moment—aside from late-night reverse mortgage commercials—is the false paradigm spread by some big government, big Obama Democrats that anyone who questions government corruption is an actual crazy person.

Start talking about drone strikes or Bradley Manning or the billions we spend on warrantless domestic spying, and you’re likely to get an eye roll and a “You aren’t one of those Glenn Beck people, are you?”

These big government Democrats, as utterly well-intentioned as they are (healthcare for the disadvantaged and keeping Wall Street from feasting on your young soul are noble intentions, at least in theory, if not in practice), think that having attended a “grassroots” (haha) election event for the incumbent of the most powerful elected office in the United States somehow makes them politically cool, indie hardcore, and in-the-know.… Read the rest

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Are Americans Already Detained under NDAA?

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If you’ve been following the progress(!?) of the NDAA through the tangled tendrils of our court system, you’ll remember that a group of plaintiffs including journalist Chris Hedges, Noam Chomsky and Naomi Wolf have filed suit to ban the Obama White House from indefinitely imprisoning American citizens without trial or due process. They even took to Reddit to voice their concerns, not long after the President himself had appeared and crashed the site so users could “Ask Anything”. President Obama ignored any questioning of this controversial and legally dubious issue, which, along with his mysterious drone strikes, will remain a shameful stain on his historical presidency.

According to Hedges and others, the unusual maneuvering taken by the administration during this procedural are suspicious in-and-of themselves.

Via RT:

US Federal Judge Katherine Forrest in turn agreed (Section 1021) was unconstitutional. Last month Judge Forrest decided that an earlier, temporary injunction on the clause should be made permanent, but the Obama Justice Department pleaded for an emergency stay only hours later.

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Texas Proposes ‘Anti-Groping’ Law Against TSA, Feds Threaten To Ground All Flights

Texas has been the first state to propose a bill that will disallow TSA agents from groping passengers. The federal government stated that if the state were to approve such a bill, the TSA would be forced to ground all flights. Makes me think of something Thomas Jefferson stated, "Those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one." Via The Raw Story:
A bill that would criminalize TSA agents who conduct airport patdown searches was scuttled Tuesday night after the federal government threatened to ground all flights out of Texas. The proposed law would have levied misdemeanor charges against security agents who "intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly [touch] the anus, sexual organ, buttocks, or breast of the other person, including touching through clothing, or touching the other person in a manner that would be offensive to a reasonable person." An earlier version of House Bill 1937 would have made such action a felony. [Story continues]
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