TOO F*N BAD GOONS!
(Reuters) – Public disclosures about U.S. government surveillance threaten the ability of police to use powerful new technologies such as drones and mobile license plate readers, a top law enforcement official said on Sunday.
The leak of highly classified documents by National Security Agency Edward Snowden prompted tighter restrictions on key technology advances, said Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director Vernon Keenan, speaking at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference.
The disclosures, including about monitoring of U.S. phone records, threaten to erode existing authority to use high-tech equipment, he said.
“The scrutiny that the NSA has come under filters down to us,” Keenan said at the annual gathering that draws top law enforcement from the United States and elsewhere with workshops, product exhibits and conferences.
He said guidelines for collecting data varied widely from state to state. License plate data is retained for 48 hours to five years, for example, depending on local law, he said.
For many new technologies, there is no clear legal standard to govern their use, he said.
“If we are not very careful, law enforcement is going to lose the use of technology,” he said.
New technology including advanced facial recognition software, mobile license plate readers and unmanned aircraft are reshaping U.S. law enforcement, officials said.
Such advances will be “both the benefactor and the curse of policing” and demand that law enforcement be thoughtful about their deployment, Philadelphia Police Chief Charles Ramsey said on Saturday at the start of the weeklong conference.
“Imagine instead of driving down the street scanning license tags, driving down the street checking the faces of individuals walking down the street,” Ramsey said.
“We have to remind ourselves – just because we can do something doesn’t mean we should do it.”
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and James Comey, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation are scheduled to address the roughly 13,500 conference attendees on Monday.
When Police tell you they were involved in a “full blown-out firefight” you would think that this referred to both them being shot at by the bad guys as well as shooting back.
Not true. Business Insider reports:
Cleveland officials are suspending 63 police officers for their roles in a November car chase that ended in the shooting deaths of an unarmed man and woman, The Plain Dealer reports.
Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGrath said the officers violated police protocol during the chase, according to the newspaper.
Officers’ offenses include engaging in a chase without permission and providing false information on police reports, the Plain Dealer reports. The officers will be suspended temporarily, with not one officer being suspended for more than 10 days.
Police officials have not yet reviewed the 13 officers who were involved in the shooting itself, but that’s coming in the next and final stage of the investigation, officials told The Plain Dealer. More than 100 officers had some involvement in the chase.
Malissa Williams, 30, and Timothy Russell, 43, were each shot about two dozen times in a police chase that turned deadly. They were shot at 137 times while in their car, which was parked in a middle school parking lot after the chase.
It was all based on some kind of bizarre mistake on the part of the police who “thought the suspects fired at them.” One supervisor was fired for “an administrative role” in the incident and others were demoted or discipline, though they weren’t the shooters. This may be because false information was given on the radio that the suspects were armed.
As much as I can see why the police have a gripe about false information, it is impossible for me to believe that it is good to have such a slaughter get so lightly punished. Did the “suspects” flee because they were stupid, or because they became convinced that the cops trying to stop them had murder on their minds?
What kind of mindset are police trained to have that they wouldn’t be skeptical that someone would try to shoot them? Contrary to what cops will often tell you about themselves, they are not putting their lives at much risk. In this list, they barely make the top ten. According to this website, that was only true for 2010. Why don’t we hear people rhapsodize about the courage of fishermen and roofers?
Society cannot afford to allow people who are entrusted with public safety to be given nothing but a hand slap when they break the rules to kill people and to falsely justify killing people (especially when others are punished more severely for siding with society). These kinds of stories (and worse) are all too common. In the context of the government ongoing campaign against the Second Amendment, they are especially concerning.
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We ask, Do they actually look for these types when hiring for the TSA? This is the Umpteenth incident like this we have reported. Should you trust these creeps with the “naked scan” pics or your wives, mothers, or daughters?
‘Man, you ought to be ashamed’: Irate grandpa stops upskirt photos at Nashville airport
Adam Joseph Bartsch was removed from duty as a federal air marshal Thursday after he was taken off a Southwest Airlines flight at the Nashville airport.
A Tennessee grandfather preserved the evidence by grabbing the cellphone that police said a U.S. air marshal used to take pictures up female passengers’ skirts at Nashville International Airport.
“I have a wife. I have a daughter, and I have a granddaughter. And I have zero tolerance for disrespect to any lady,” Rey Collazo of La Vergne, Tenn., said Friday, a day after he spotted the man surreptitiously snapping the photos after they’d boarded a Southwest Airlines flight to Tampa, Fla.
Adam Joseph Bartsch, 28, of Rockville, Md., was free on bond Friday pending an appearance Nov. 14 in Metropolitan General Sessions Court on a disorderly conduct charge.
Police said Bartsch was on active duty as an air marshal for the Transportation Security Administration when he was arrested Thursday morning before the flight took off. The TSA said he had been relieved of duty and was “in the process” of being suspended or fired.
Air marshals pose as regular passengers to guard against attempted hijackings and other crimes. The Federal Air Marshal Service was transferred to the TSA from Immigrations and Customs Enforcement after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Collazo told NBC station WSMV of Nashville that he was seated right next to Bartsch as Flight 3132 was preparing to take off.
“He did it at least three or four times,” Collazo said. “After that, that’s when I looked at him. I says, ‘Man, you ought to be ashamed of yourself.’
“Taking pictures of ladies without them even knowing that you’re doing that? That’s bad,” he told WSMV. “I mean, he’s a law enforcement officer. C’mon!”
Collazo said he alerted the flight crew and grabbed the cellphone to keep the man from deleting the pictures.
According to a criminal complaint filed in General Sessions Court, Bartsch admitted taking the pictures. After his fellow passenger grabbed his phone, Bartsch ran away — straight into the arms of police, according to the affidavit.
The flight was delayed for about an hour.
A Nevada family’s lawsuit against police claims they stormed one man’s home to use it for a lookout site for a criminal investigation of a nearby residence, shot the owner and owner’s dog with pepperball rounds, and committed a slew of other Third Amendment offenses.
The little-known Third Amendment states that “no soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.”
It was added to the Bill of Rights in response to Britain’s habit of allowing soldiers to forcibly occupy the homes of American colonists.
Henderson, Nevada, police are accused of doing the same.
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Just one major telecommunications company refused to participate in a legally dubious NSA surveillance program in 2001. A few years later, its CEO was indicted by federal prosecutors. He was convicted, served four and a half years of his sentence and was released this month.
Prosecutors claim Qwest CEO Joseph Nacchio was guilty of insider trading, and that his prosecution had nothing to do with his refusal to allow spying on his customers without the permission of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. But to this day, Nacchio insists that his prosecution was retaliation for refusing to break the law on the NSA’s behalf.
After his release from custody Sept. 20, Nacchio told the Wall Street Journal that he feels “vindicated” by the content of the leaks that show that the agency was collecting American’s phone records.
Nacchio was convicted of selling of Qwest stock in early 2001, not long before the company hit financial troubles. However, he claimed in court documents that he was optimistic about the firm’s ability to win classified government contracts — something they’d succeeded at in the past. And according to his timeline, in February 2001 — some six months before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks — he was approached by the NSA and asked to spy on customers during a meeting he thought was about a different contract. He reportedly refused because his lawyers believed such an action would be illegal and the NSA wouldn’t go through the FISA Court. And then, he says, unrelated government contracts started to disappear.
The Sheriff’s Department in Buchanan County, Missouri has begun using 80,000-volt enhanced handcuffs for prisoner transfers and some court appearances while dismissing potential safety concerns, KQTV-TV reported on Monday.
“It affects the muscles of the body and it doesn’t really affect anything else,” Captain Jody Hovey told KQTV. “Everyone says it affects your heart, and it does not. What it does really is it just sends a charge through the body that locks up your muscles.”
Hovey said to KQTV that the “stun cuffs,” as they have been called, are tied around a prisoner’s arm or leg and can be operated via remote control from as far as 100 yards away. His department is currently using only two pairs, valued at $2,200 apiece, citing “bugs and kinks” that need to be corrected before more are ordered.
We Live Under a Total Surveillance State in America — Can We Prevent It from Evolving into a Full-Blown Police State?
For those alarmed by the steady growth of lawless, violent and authoritarian U.S. Executive power for the last 50 years, the events of the past few months have been exciting. The emergence of a de facto coalition of progressives and conservatives opposing the National Defense Authorization Act law giving the Executive the right to unilaterally detain or execute American citizens without a trial, and NSA mass surveillance of phone and Internet data, has been unprecedented, and offers the first hope in 70 years that Executive power can be curbed
The most important development has been the public and congressional reaction to President Obama’s proposal to strike Syria. A huge majority of the American people opposed even a limited military action by the Executive Branch. Reading the polls, the President decided to seek congressional authorization for a limited military action. For the first time in living memory, Congress clearly opposed him. It is too soon to say what this will mean for the future, but the implications clearly extend beyond just this particular strike or President.
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS – http://policecrimes.com/police.html – There’s a new LAW that requires you NOT to Talk to a police officer, but you must say “I’M GOING TO REMAIN SILENT.” There’s no law that requires you to talk to a police officer and you shouldn’t, but the law says you must say “I’M GOING TO REMAIN SILENT” and the keep your mouth shut! Talking to a police officer could be very dangerous!
Border Patrol Out of Control. After years of harassment by border patrol watch me stand up for my constitutional rights. Border Patrol is like a Borg.