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« Reply #225 on: October 09, 2016, 11:32:33 am »

Saw "Snowden" last week...and regardless of what you may think of Oliver Stone or Edward Snowden, I found it to be a very sobering film and I know from previous experience, that the military and civilian milieu depicted in this film are very accurate.  The FISA courts tend to rubber stamp whatever surveillance is being requested.
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« Reply #226 on: October 09, 2016, 11:57:37 am »

Saw "Snowden" last week...and regardless of what you may think of Oliver Stone or Edward Snowden, I found it to be a very sobering film and I know from previous experience, that the military and civilian milieu depicted in this film are very accurate.  The FISA courts tend to rubber stamp whatever surveillance is being requested.

Which one?  The one with Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Snowden?  Or the docufilm that documented it in real time.  I found THAT film to be very sobering.  Haven't seen the other one yet.

EDIT:  The name of the docufilm I'm talking about is CitizenFour.  Great movie.
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« Reply #227 on: October 10, 2016, 05:39:48 am »

"Snowden" with Joseph Gordon-Levitt is what I saw last week.  I had seen "Citizenfour" a couple of years ago and it was definitely better.  Stone uses his film to flesh out the main character and put his actions into an historical context. 
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« Reply #228 on: October 11, 2016, 06:59:59 pm »

A powerful surveillance program that police used for tracking racially charged protests in Baltimore and Ferguson, Mo., relied on special feeds of user data provided by Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, according to an ACLU report Tuesday.

The companies provided the data — often including the locations, photos and other information posted publicly by users — to Geofeedia, a Chicago-based company that says it analyzes social media posts to deliver real-time surveillance information to help 500 law enforcement agencies track and respond to crime.


https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2016/10/11/facebook-twitter-and-instagram-sent-feeds-that-helped-police-track-minorities-in-ferguson-and-baltimore-aclu-says/



Police may have used facial recognition software and a private company's analysis of social media accounts to identify and arrest people with outstanding warrants during the unrest in Baltimore last year, according to a document released Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union.

The document was released by the ACLU in California as it announced that its investigation into the private company, Geofeedia, had resulted in three major social media companies — Facebook, Instagram and Twitter — rescinding Geofeedia's commercial access to their data.

In the document, Geofeedia touted its partnership with Baltimore County Police to pitch its services to police in Glendale, Calif.

Civil liberties advocates have criticized Geofeedia's monitoring, saying it can have a chilling effect on free speech and disproportionately target minorities. Last month, The Baltimore Sun reported that at least five area police departments paid Geofeedia to monitor, map and store citizens' public social media posts.

Geofeedia told officials in Glendale that the Baltimore County Police Department's Criminal Intelligence Unit had used its services "to heighten officers' situational awareness and help them stay one step ahead of the rioters," and that "police officers were even able to run social media photos through facial recognition technology to discover rioters with outstanding warrants and arrest them directly from the crowd."


http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/crime/bs-md-geofeedia-update-20161011-story.html
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« Reply #229 on: October 27, 2016, 09:50:10 pm »

Hemisphere is a secretive program run by AT&T that searches trillions of call records and analyzes cellular data to determine where a target is located, with whom he speaks, and potentially why.

In 2013, Hemisphere was revealed by The New York Times and described only within a Powerpoint presentation made by the Drug Enforcement Administration. The Times described it as a “partnership” between AT&T and the U.S. government; the Justice Department said it was an essential, and prudently deployed, counter-narcotics tool.

Hemisphere isn’t a “partnership” but rather a product AT&T developed, marketed, and sold at a cost of millions of dollars per year to taxpayers. No warrant is required to make use of the company’s massive trove of data, according to AT&T documents, only a promise from law enforcement to not disclose Hemisphere if an investigation using it becomes public.

Those charged with a crime are entitled to know the evidence against them come trial. Adam Schwartz, staff attorney for activist group Electronic Frontier Foundation, said that means AT&T may leave investigators no choice but to construct a false investigative narrative to hide how they use Hemisphere if they plan to prosecute anyone.


http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/10/25/at-t-is-spying-on-americans-for-profit.html





Police surveillance: The US city that beat Big Brother

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-37411250

Brian Hofer agrees that security cameras can prevent crime but says there is no evidence that mass surveillance does. And he argues that police departments only turn to "shiny gadgets" when relations with the public they are meant to protect have broken down.

"Instead of trying to repair these relationships we are just throwing more surveillance equipment at the problem."
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« Reply #230 on: October 31, 2016, 07:19:39 pm »

Police "pinged" the cell phones of anyone who had been in contact with fugitive Michael Vance, resulting in a number of dead-end raids on unsuspecting people:

According to channel 5 KOCO, officers believed that Michael Vance was on the property because of a ping on a phone that made it look like Vance was there. They explained that somehow he was using Bluetooth and wasn't actually there.
http://us.blastingnews.com/news/2016/10/deputy-sheriff-shot-while-looking-for-michael-vance-in-oklahoma-search-continues-00122129

FOX23 Katie Higgins talked to a woman in Shattuck, OK, whose home was stormed by investigators this morning during the search for Vance.
Earlier today I spoke to Linda Kotchey of Shattuck, OK. She says investigators stormed through her home early this morning. She say police told her they traced a cell phone ping to her address and thought Vance might be there. He was not.

https://www.facebook.com/KatieHigginsNews/videos/1429846177043701/?_fb_noscript=1

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