California Police Used Stingrays in Planes to Spy on Phones

THE GOVERNMENT’S USE of a controversial invasive technology for tracking phones just got a little more controversial.

The Anaheim Police Department has acknowledged in new documents that it uses surveillance devices known as Dirtboxes—plane-mounted stingrays—on aircraft flying above the Southern California city that is home to Disneyland, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.

According to documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, the Anaheim Police Department have owned the Dirtbox since 2009 and a ground-based stingray since 2011, and may have loaned out the equipment to other cities across Orange County in the nearly seven years it has possessed the equipment.

“This cell phone spying program—which potentially affects the privacy of everyone from Orange County’s 3 million residents to the 16 million people who visit Disneyland every year—shows the dangers of allowing law enforcement to secretly acquire surveillance technology,” Matt Cagle, technology and civil liberties policy attorney for ACLU-NC wrote in a blog post about the new documents.
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Did the CIA Create Mind-Control Slaves?

It is a documented fact that the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) engaged in secret and illegal mind control experiments for at least 23 years.

The experiments officially ended in 1973, but may well continue to the present day. Interrogation and torture techniques developed during the experiments were still in use after the year 2000 at numerous military prisons, including Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib.

One of the stated goals of the mind control programs was laid out in a CIA memo from January 1952, which read: “Can we get control of an individual to the point where he will do our bidding against his will and even against fundamental laws of nature, such as self-preservation?”

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CBS News Poaches Narco News’ Drug War Coverage

The story in question relates to arms trafficking between the United States and Mexico, legal gun running in this case as part of a U.S. State Department program known as Direct Commercial Sales (DCS) — through which U.S. companies are approved to sell arms to Mexico, via the Mexican military. Given the situation in Mexico with the drug war, and the extent of the corruption within the government there, including its military, the DCS program appears to be a direct conduit for weapons transfers that empower narco-trafficking organizations.

At least that’s the nature of the story that Narco News broke in early 2009, and continued to follow through this year, with three additional story updates following the original scoop — which carried the headline “Legal U.S. Arms Exports May Be source of Narco Syndicates Rising Firepower.

In early December of this year, nearly three years after Narco News published its initial story on the DCS program, CBS News, via its well-marketed “Investigative Unit” (which takes credit for exposing the Fast and Furious ATF scandal story) published a story with a headline curiously similar to the one gracing the March 2009 Narco News story. The CBS story headline: Legal U.S. gun sales to Mexico arming cartels.

You have to wonder how the award-winning news network, backed by a multi-billion-dollar revenue stream, finally came to the decision to “investigate” the DCS weapons-diversion story.

Some insight is now coming your way. The back story, with email correspondence as proof, will now be laid out for you, kind readers, so that you can decide whether this “distinguished” pillar of the mainstream media, the former home of “the most trusted man in America,” anchorman Walter Cronkite, has now turned to appropriating the reporting work of others.
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Ethics charges filed against DOJ lawyer who exposed Bush-era surveillance

A former Justice Department lawyer is facing legal ethics charges for exposing the President George W. Bush-era surveillance tactics—a leak that earned The New York Times a Pulitzer and opened the debate about warrantless surveillance that continues today.

The lawyer, Thomas Tamm, now a Maryland state public defender, is accused of breaching Washington ethics rules for going to The New York Times instead of his superiors about his concerns about what was described as “the program.”

Tamm was a member of the Justice Department’s Office of Intelligence Policy and Review and, among other things, was charged with requesting electronic surveillance warrants from the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

The District of Columbia Court of Appeals Board of Professional Responsibility said Tamm became aware in 2004 that certain applications to the FISA Court for national security surveillance authority “were given special treatment.”

“The applications could be signed only by the attorney General and were made only to the chief judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. The existence of these applications and this process was secret. Respondent became aware that there was some surveillance applications that were given special treatment,” according to the charging document.

Here is the lede to the 2005 story from The New York Times, which won a Pulitzer the following year for its national security reporting:

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