A device soon to be available to state and local law enforcement could allow police officers to bypass passwords and download everything on an electronic device in a matter of seconds. The rapid development of this kind of technology underscores the need to exert strict controls over the types of surveillance equipment police officer have access to, and how they use it.
Donald Trump created quite a stir when he tweeted accusations that Obama wiretapped Trump tower during the presidential campaign. The left immediately went ballistic, basically calling Trump nuts for even suggesting such a thing. One of my lefty friends actually announced wiretapping was impossible because, “They would have to have a warrant.”
The local, community level movement to bring secret surveillance programs out of the dark and into the public spotlight continues to grow at a rapid pace, potentially impacting the surveillance state at both the local and federal level.
FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. (Dec. 20, 2016) – Earlier this month, a Virginia judge ruled license plate tracking legal in the state, holding it doesn’t violate privacy rights. The ruling underscores the need for state legislative action to curb this intrusive practice.
Nobody held out a lot of hope that Donald Trump would reel in the U.S. surveillance state, but if his picks for attorney general and CIA director provide any indication, we may see a massive expansion of American spying in the Trump era.
In a couple of months, President-elect Trump will get the keys to the most far-reaching and powerful surveillance apparatus in history, and it seems almost certain the spy-state will only expand under his administration.
LA CAÑADA, Calif. (Nov. 3, 2016) – Pole mounted high speed automatic license plate readers may be coming to a Los Angeles suburb.
During the first presidential debate, the issue of terrorism on American soil came up. Lester Holt asked Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump what they would do specifically to keep Americans safe at home. Clinton’s answer was chilling if you value privacy, care about the Fourth Amendment and oppose unconstitutional surveillance. Because apparently, the NSA and other federal agencies vacuuming up virtually all of our electronic data isn’t enough. Clinton said she would direct an “intelligence surge.”
Local police departments have access to a mind-boggling array of spy-gear that would send Big Brother into convulsions of envy.
BALTIMORE, Md. (Sept. 2, 2016) – The recent revelation of a privately funded aerial spy program run by the Baltimore Police Department underscores the importance of local government oversight of police department surveillance programs.