SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (May, 1, 2017) – In February, the San Francisco Police Department suspended its participation with the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), a local/federal partnership that engages in broad-based surveillance in the name of national security.
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.”
An FBI program to collect iris scans and create a searchable database demonstrates how local law enforcement enables the federal surveillance state.
Biometric databases once subject to the 1974 Privacy Act, may soon be unbound from the law if the FBI’s new software, NGI, gets an exemption from Congress. If the FBI gets its wish, you will have no way of knowing what data the government has collected and stored relating to you, how it got it, if it’s accurate, and no way to correct any errors. Continue reading FBI Wants to Exempt Its Massive Biometric Database from Federal Privacy Laws
As the so-called USA Freedom Act was making its way through Congress, we warned that it would do nothing to substantially curtail federal surveillance and could actually make things worse.
It made things worse.
Dragnet surveillance: Need to make a bust? Doesn’t matter for what. Just listen in! Continue reading Who, What, Where, and Why: The FBI/NSA Mass Surveillance Collaboration
Federal militarization of state and local police has gone beyond armored vehicles and combat grade weapons, and now encompasses the latest surveillance technology. Not only are state and local cops secretly obtaining high-tech spy gear, non-disclosure agreements signed by law enforcement agencies essentially give the FBI complete control over how your local cops gather evidence.
The federal government spies on you.
And it operates behind a veil of ignorance.
Recently, the FBI quietly announced expansions to its biometrics and information collection programs that could potentially place photos of millions of innocent Americans into federal databases routinely accessed by law enforcement agencies across the country.
But state action can limit its impact.